Chuck Schumer Says Democrats Blew It Focusing on Health Care Reform

by lizard

Chuck Schumer just threw his entire party under the bus by claiming Democrats blew it by focusing on health care reform. Why, Chuck? Because it wasn’t the single-payer fix that could have actually addressed the problem? No, that’s not Chucky’s reasoning. Instead, the third-ranking Democratic Senator points out those uninsured people only represent around 5% of registered voters, so why do anything to help them? From the link:

“After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle-class-oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus, but unfortunately Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them,” Schumer said. “We took their mandate and put all of our focus on the wrong problem—health care reform.”

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.”

What a nice sentiment coming from a powerful Democrat the day before Thanksgiving.


  1. Another sociopath exposed!

    As we all know, 5% of registered voters (seven million people) not having access to health care is peanuts. And those unregistered people who don’t have access to healh care … not even on his radar.

    I am betting that his real constituency, the people who finance his campaigns, all have excellent health care.

    The real purpose of ACA was to stop single payer from making inroads in various states. That is the only reason AHIP allowed the Democrats to pass it. So let’s give thanks for Democrats today, circus dogs all of them, jumping through Orwell’s hoop without even a command from the trainer.

  2. Since 1787 the United States Government has been responsible for the health care of Native Americans. And yet…..

    “American Indians have an infant death rate that is 40 percent higher than the rate for whites. They are twice as likely to die from diabetes, 60 percent more likely to have a stroke, 30 percent more likely to have high blood pressure and 20 percent more likely to have heart disease.American Indians have disproportionately high death rates from unintentional injuries and suicide, and a high prevalence of risk factors for obesity, substance abuse, sudden infant death syndrome, teenage pregnancy, liver disease and hepatitis.”

    Need I expound upon the Vets dying, waiting for care at the VA?

    • Problem is that you have no depth and so are not a credible source on these matters.

      Just on the VA alone, it wasn’t but ten years ago that it was a model for health care, ahead of the game, with computerized medical records, excellent service, and clientele who were very pleased with it, far more so than people getting their care from the private sector.

      What has happened since them I do not know, but assume it has to do with the huge influx of PTSD veterans from the wars of aggression, which has overwhelmed the system. Suicides are mantrap among them along with the usual plagues of untreated trauma – alcoholism, nervous disorders, family crises …

      I dunno. Do us a favor, Swede. Do your regular research on this complex issue and get back to us. I am anxious to hear what Rush has to say.

      • Looks like I delved a little deeper than you Mark.

        “Not all of the VA’s problems, however, come from external factors. The agency is haunted by its painfully slow embrace of technology: It did not have a digital way to process claims nationwide until 2013, and it long handled claims with a paper filing system. Victoria Dillon, a spokesperson for the VA, acknowledged that “these offices used to be stacks of papers everywhere,” with claim files “18 inches thick on average.””

        Must have heard it on Rush.

    • JC

      “Since 1787 the United States Government has been responsible for the health care of Native Americans.”

      Um, no. Article 1, Section 8 states: “The Congress shall have power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common defence and general Welfare of the United States;

      If you believe the gov is responsible for the health of first americans, then it’s also responsible for the health of all americans. What about the 41 million uninsured americans? Is uncle sam doing them right?

  3. troutsky

    Yeah Swede, all other aspects of Indian society being equal that’s a totally valid comparison….Oh yeah, they aren’t equal. So comparison is idiotic.

    Schumer is a great case for the guillotine.

    • Govt. runs, finances, oversees IHS and the VA.

      Seems to me I’d want a little more evidence that they’re capable before we’d give them the reins.

      • Your usual depth.

        • You’re right Mark. IHS and the VA represent about one hundredth of the overall population.

          I sure they’ll get it right with a an extra 300 million.

      • Steve W

        An anarchist who just wants death and destruction is Swede.

        Far more of us want good government over no government, Swede.

        • Tell that to the 300,000 backlogged claim victims (125+days waiting) at the VA.

          • JC

            At least they got the VA to go to.

        • “There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.” (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe)

          I’ll grant you this Swede. You do have power. It is not knowledge or depth or wisdom, as you have none of that. It is in impermeability. You cannot be reached and so are never affected by any argument. Rob had it right that we should just ignore you as you win every argument by sheer impenetrability.

          Rob had one other thing right – he gave up on these endless and stupid debates and writes about football. I regard that as a form of wisdom I will never achieve.

          • larry kurtz

            thank you doctor psychology. solutions evade you again, toke; but stupidity sleeps in your bed.

            • larry kurtz

              Letting earth haters like Tokarski define Democrats is a recipe for failure.


        • Back on topic, VA outranked the private health care system in patient satisfaction every year for six years running up until 2006. That is when I stopped paying attention, but that patient satisfaction is still there. If you can get in to see VA< you will have a good experience.

          Even now, the problem is not with care, as the vast majority of those who receive VA care are very happy with it. The problem is a backlog, as the system is not big enough to handle the huge influx of patients, almost half PTSD, returning from the Mid East and Asian wars. Apparently whatever solider are doing over there is violating their basic ethical codes, creating intense self-loathing, now called PTSD. This was common among Vietnam vets too, as Mai Lai was the norm and not the exception.

          Predictably, the talk radio circuit jumped on the current backlog as a failure of the VA system, which it is not, and this is where Kwyjibo jumped in here.

          • larry kurtz

            The VA and IHS should be merged.

          • larry kurtz

            Toke makes Swede look reasonable.

            • larry kurtz


            • I suppose I’ll get over it and relent, but it felt so good this morning to ban the three “K”s – Kurtz, K***j, and Kwyjibo.

              • larry kurtz

                Toke: you are merely the tacks thrown into the information superhighway.

  4. Steve W

    Hey, fuck you and your supposed caring. You don’t give a shit about vets and you never write about them accept as a weapon against your imaginary windmills.

    You are disgusting.

  5. larry kurtz

    The selection process for naming someone to lead Montana’s VA Health Care system is taking “far, far too long,” U.S. Sen. Jon Tester said in a recent interview with The Billings Gazette. “It is unacceptable.” Tester, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, said he met with Robert McDonald, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, last week to pressure him to name a director.

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