Schumer: Stimulus “Was a Mistake,” ObamaCare Addressed “Wrong Problem”; But Still Doesn’t Get It

Yesterday, liberal Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer lambasted Democrats for the political failure of both ObamaCare and the stimulus.

While he certainly has not changed his core belief that government can solve all the people’s ills (and said as much), he slammed his party for its political failures.


He complained that Democrats (ironically, of which he was one of the chief culprits) focused on the “wrong problem” by using all their political capital from 2008-2009 on ObamaCare.

Even as he defended the law in principle, he gave this mind-blowing statistical failure.  ObamaCare only helped “5% of the electorate,” a statistic even he admits is probably inflated.

In addition, he also said that how the stimulus played out (a slush fund that helped almost no one) “was a mistake” politically.

While his condemnation of ObamaCare and to a lesser extent the stimulus itself is grabbing headlines, what his comments really represent is lipstick on a pig.  It’s a recognition that the Left is losing the battle for hearts and minds over ObamaCare and in broader terms big government itself, but all it really amounts to is new spin.

Here’s the crux of his reassessment of ObamaCare:

That’s right; the only thing wrong with ObamaCare was the timing.

Nice try, but that still misses the point.  The American people had it right from the beginning.  ObamaCare was bad policy.  It was bad for the economy.  It was bad for healthcare. It was bad for our national debt.  And yes it was bad politically.

Mr. Schumer can focus on the last one all he wants, but it’s the first four (policy, economy, healthcare, and debt) that the American people will continue to suffer under.


The Left doesn’t get it; their basic liberal assumptions won’t allow them to get it.

Here’s why.  After critiquing the politics of ObamaCare and the stimulus, [mc_name name=’Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’S000148′ ] made this stunning statement about why “Democrats will be the majority party for a generation.”

The “root cause reason,” the foundation of his and other leftists political philosophy, is this: “The private sector, unleashing the private sector, won’t solve middle class needs and middle class morass, a strong government on your side will.”

That sums up the Left better than I’ve ever seen.  And it will fail every time.

Matthew Clark is Associate Counsel for Government Affairs and Media Advocacy with the ACLJ. A lifelong citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, he lives with his wife and three boys in Northern Virginia. Follow Matthew Clark: @_MatthewClark.


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