11/25/14, "Schumer Says Democrats Erred by Passing Health Care in 2010," Bloomberg, Kathleen Hunter
"Democrats made a mistake by passing President Barack Obama’s
health-care law in 2010 instead of focusing more directly on helping
the middle class, third-ranking U.S. Senate Democrat Charles Schumer
“Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the
American people gave them” in electing Obama and a Democratic Congress
in 2008 amid a recession, “We took their mandate and put all our focus on the wrong
problem -- health care reform.” Schumer of New York said in a speech in
Schumer said Democrats should
have addressed issues aiding the middle class to build confidence among
voters before turning to revamping the health-care system. He said he
opposed the timing of the health-care vote and was overruled by other
“The plight of uninsured Americans and the
hardships created by unfair insurance company practices certainly needed
to be addressed,” the senator said. “But it wasn’t the change we were
hired to make” in the 2008 election.
represent an unusual public intra-party critique of the way Obama’s
signature legislative achievement was enacted. The senator spoke at the
National Press Club to analyze the results of this month’s election,
when Republicans took control of the Senate and increased their majority
in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Democrats’ pro-government posture “has the
natural high political ground” when the middle class is frustrated as
voters were before this month’s congressional election, Schumer said. At
the same time, he said, Republicans were encouraging distrust toward
“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.”
win in 2016, “Democrats must embrace government, not run away from it,”
Schumer said. Voter discontent will continue until one of the political
parties convinces middle-class Americans that it has an agenda for
helping them, he said." via Free Rep.
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