Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) said yesterday that his party made a mistake when they passed Obama’s healthcare law (Affordable Care Act – a.k.a. Obamacare) in 2010 instead of focusing more on helping the middle class:
“Unfortunately, Democratws blew the opportunity the American people gave them” when electing Obama and a Democrat Congress in 2008 amid a recession, Schumer said in a speech in Washington. “We took their mandate and put all our foucs on the wrong problem—healthcare reform.”
After this “startling” admission (that’s sarcasm folks), Schumer went on to say that he opposed the timing of the Obamacare vote, but he was overruled by other members of the party.
Wait a minute! The #3 member of the Democrat party allowed his concerns to be overruled? Well, in the words of the Church Lady…
It’s just so swell that Schumer is apparently feeling remorse over his part in passing a piece of legislation that will single-handedly bring down the very middle class he claims to be so concerned about.
A Congressional Budget Office report estimated last year that over 20 million Americians stand to lose their employer-provided healthcare. Also last year, a study by the University of Chicago (The Affordable Care Act and the New Economics of Part-time Work) provided strong evidence that Obamacare would create an environment where the incentive to work full-time would be replaced with part-time opporunities due to the direct, and indirect financial repercussions to employers and employees.
It’s important that we don’t confuse Schumer’s comments as a “come to Jesus” moment. After all, he is up for re-election in 2016; and as the 2014 election proved, Obamacare is bad news for Democrats.
In fact, additional comments made by Schumer seem to indicate that he thinks the failure of the Democrats with Obamacare provide proof for the need of more government. According to him, (the) Democrats pro-government posture “has the natural high political ground” when the middle class is frustrated as (the) voters were before this month’s congressional election:
“That doesn’t mean we always win,” he cautioned. “When we don’t present a coherent, believable pro-government plan and message — when we allow government to mess up — we can easily lose.”
To win in 2016, “Democrats must embrace government, not run away from it.”
Sure Chuck, because nothing fixes government ineptitude like more government.
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