As you are probably aware, there has been a lot of media coverage regarding comments by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) which are being construed as critical of ObamaCare.
Mr. Schumer\’s criticisms are not of ObamaCare itself. The criticisms are that, politically speaking, too much emphasis was being placed on ObamaCare and not enough on middle class concerns, such as the economy and jobs…which affect far more people/far more voters.
Just to set the record straight, here are his exact words:
“Afterpassing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to proposemiddle class-oriented programs and built on the partial success ofthe stimulus, but unfortunately Democrats blew the opportunity theAmerican people gave them. We took their mandate and put all of ourfocus on the wrong problem – health care reform.
“Theplight of uninsured Americans and the hardships caused by unfairinsurance company practices certainly needed to be addressed. But it wasn\’t the change we were hired to make. Americanswere crying out for an end to the recession, for better wages andmore jobs – not for changes in their health care.”
Looking at it from a purely political standpoint, Senator Schumer is right on target. The fact that Republicans blew Democrats out of the water by running a midterm election campaign based, in no small part, on opposition to ObamaCare, proves it.
If Democrats want to be angry at Chuck Schumer, their anger should not have anything to do with ObamaCare. It should be directed at his implicit suggestion that Democrats have not convinced the public they are effectively addressing the economy.
Mr. Schumer, I am certain, did not intend to say his party has failed on economic issues. But that is how it probably will come across to a good many voters…
…as it should, because, after 6 years of President Barack Obama and a Democrat-controlled senate, the economy still stinks.
We have read a lot in recent months about internal battles wreaking havoc on the Republican Party. Maybe this would be a good time to point out that they ain\’t the only ones.