Despite Democrats’ relentless attempts to promote and defend ObamaCare as a “success” for the president, public polling continues to show otherwise. Via the Washington Examiner:
A new Quinnipiac poll shows broad public dissatisfaction with President Obama and his legacy achievements.
Just 40 percent approve of the Affordable Care Act, while 54 percent disapprove.
And now a leading liberal Democrat — the Senate’s No. 3 guy in the party and a long-time advocate of ObamaCare — has thrown Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement under the bus of political expediency…and driven back and forth across it.
Surprisingly, as reported at nationaljournal.com, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) chastised his own party’s leadership — presumably including himself — for pushing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through Congress in 2010 and shoving the unpopular legislation down the throats of an angry American electorate:
While Schumer emphasized during a speech at the National Press Club that he supports the law and that its policies “are and will continue to be positive changes,” he argued that the Democrats acted wrongly in using their new mandate after the 2008 election to focus on the issue rather than the economy at the height of a terrible recession.
In leaving the deep tread marks of his rhetorical bus all over the party’s ACA strategy, the New York liberal was apparently seeking to explain Democrat congressional losses in the midterm elections of 2010 and again in 2014.
Again, via nationaljournal.com:
The third-ranking Senate Democrat noted that just about 5 percent of registered voters in the United States lacked health insurance before the implementation of the law, arguing that to focus on a problem affecting such “a small percentage of the electoral made no political sense.”
The larger problem, affecting most Americans, he said, was a poor economy resulting from the recession. “When Democrats focused on health care, the average middle-class person thought, ‘The Democrats aren’t paying enough attention to me,’ ” Schumer said.
Of course, Schumer’s address to the National Press Club wasn’t free of caustic attacks on conservative politics and politicians, as noted at dailycaller.com:
Schumer repeatedly slammed tea party forces and business, while promoting a “strong government.” He claimed that many Americans aren’t actually anti-government, but only want government to be “on their side.”
You can see the key portion of Sen. Schumer’s ObamaCare bashing speech by clicking on the video below.
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