Prioritizing healthcare overhaul was a mistake: Senate Democrat

This is not a very helpful outreach or strategy..
Schumer’s basic message sounds like this: “We screwed up with ObamaCare, now vote for us again in 2016! And by the way, we will also grow some bigger government right after screwing up.”
And attacking special interests in elections doesn’t seem to fly that well.. it’s negative and plays into the “everything is corrupt” attitude which reeeeally turns voters off and away..
As a message and strategy towards 2016 this is hopeless.. a boring, flat Hillary and a backwards and negative Schumer.. this will probably catapult the Warren strand of communication and focus into broader audiences..
Or maybe drive independents more towards a Romney or Jeb type of figure..

But it’s also depressing.. we need a positive vision and inspiring projects for the future!

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/25/us-usa-congress-democrats-idUSKCN0J92C820141125

(Reuters) – The No. 3 Democrat in the Senate said on Tuesday the Democratic Party had made a political mistake by pushing for Obamacare.

New York Senator Charles Schumer, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, said that after passing a stimulus package to jumpstart the economy during the economic downturn, Democrats “put all of our focus on the wrong problem” by turning to President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform effort, which passed in 2010.

“The plight of uninsured Americans and the hardships caused by unfair insurance company practices certainly needed to be addressed. But it wasn’t the change we were hired to make,” Schumer said, noting that 85 percent of Americans receive healthcare coverage from their employer or the government.

(..) He said the “most important mission” for Democrats in the buildup to the 2016 elections is to embrace government, take on special interests and come up with an achievable policy plan that can be welcomed by the party’s moderate and liberal wings.

 

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6 thoughts on “Prioritizing healthcare overhaul was a mistake: Senate Democrat

  1. I second your comments mac….
    Schumer was right there in the middle of the fight FOR the Healthcare law….
    Backing up Obama…
    Now the guy changes his tune???
    Seems like he wants the party to run AGAINST the guy who is finishing up two terms with a D behind his name…JUST LIKE Schumer….

    • Yes exactly – good phrasing.
      It sounds like he’s running “against Obama”..
      Schumer’s been really good at punchlines and clear messaging in the past, but I suddenly balked at this.. assuming he knew good strategy as well.. but this is exactly the wrong plan for 2016…

      He and Warren could start clashing very soon.. unless.. she’s the little Machiavelli we’ve been getting small hints of in the last few weeks.. being rock and water depending on the context..

  2. The wrong problem?? I remember when the vote in 2008 was going down…when I talked to people about why they were voting for Obama, health care reform was actually quite high on the priority list. Does Schumer remember how broken our health care system was? Answer: he probably does, but because of the President’s low popularity ratings, the Dems are doing their best to backtrack from everything he’s done. Take a look at what happened to Alison Lundergan Grimes if you think that’s a great strategy.

    • ..and it’s sounds a bit like a typical “clueless” tactics – not talking about all the good and positive stuff you’re going to do, but just all the bad stuff that you will not do or repeat….

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