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article imageOp-Ed: Top Democrat finally admits Obamacare was mistake

By Larry Clifton     Nov 25, 2014 in Politics
New York - Sen. Chuck Schumer, third-most powerful Democrat in the new Senate minority party, finally came clean on his role in passing Obamacare during a speech on Tuesday.
Schumer, a leading advocate of Obamacare who stood proudly behind Barack Obama when he signed the bill, says Democrats should not have passed the law in 2010.
The New York Democrat, who would like to replace Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in 2016, admitted that Democrats were at odds with the American people when they wasted all of their political capital passing the bill instead of dealing with an economy in tatters. Elaborating, he admitted passing Obamacare without support of the American people and Republicans doomed his party in 2014.
“Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them” by electing President Obama and a Democratic-controlled Congress in 2008. “We took their mandate and put all our focus on the wrong problem.”
“The plight of uninsured Americans and the hardships created by unfair insurance company practices certainly needed to be addressed,” Schumer said. “But it wasn’t the change we were hired to make” in the 2008 election. ”Americans were crying out for the end to the recession, for better wages and more jobs — not changes in health care.”
Even while dissing the bitterly partisan, so-called Affordable Health Care Act, it was clear that Schumer’s remorse was politically inspired. “The Affordable Care Act was aimed at the 36 million Americans who were not covered,” Schumer continued. “It’s been reported that only a third of the uninsured are even registered to vote,” making Obamacare unlikely to win the Democrats any votes at all.
“Even if the uninsured kept with the rate, which they likely didn’t, you would still only be talking about five percent of the electorate,” Schumer said. It made “no political sense” and left the middle class thinking the “Democrats are not paying enough attention to me.”
Democrats held huge majorities in both houses of Congress when they passed Obamacare without a single Republican vote. Soon after, Republicans took control of the House and this year Republicans increased their majority in the House and took control of the Senate, leaving Democrats with little more political power than an unpopular, lame-duck administration.
Meanwhile, Schumer, who was instrumental in passing the unpopular health care law, is from a safe Senate seat in New York where he survived the Republican wave of November 4. Analysts say Schumer’s newfound political awareness is little more than the first stitch in a patchwork political cloak meant to distance himself from the massive entitlement program and from the president for which it is named.
Article originally posted by Larry Clifton at MainStreamNewsDecoded
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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