Schumer Says Obamacare Hurt Dems: ‘85% of All Americans Were Fine With Their Health Care’ | CNS News

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

(CNSNews.com) – Speaking at the National Press Club on Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said focusing on health care reform in 2009 was a mistake that hurt Democrats because most Americans were happy with their coverage but were unhappy with the economy.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) spoke on Nov. 25, 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. about why the Democrats lost in the mid-term elections and how they can rebuild the Party to win the White House and take back Congress in 2016 (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

Schumer said the health care law, popularly known as Obamacare, is “very important” but the timing was wrong, and was not at the “top of the agenda” of the American people.

“We were in the middle of recession. … People were hurting and said ‘What about me? I’m losing my job,’” said Schumer, who spoke as the Democratic Policy Chairman on why his Party was defeated in the 2014 mid-term elections by Republicans.

“Like I said, about 85 percent of all Americans were fine with their health care in 2009, mainly because it was paid for by either the government or their employer – private sector,” said Schumer. “And so the average middle-class voter, they weren’t opposed to doing health care when it started out but it wasn’t at the top of the agenda.”

“Don’t get me wrong,” Schumer also said. “I think it’s a good bill [Obamacare] and I’m proud to have voted for it.”

“But, it should have come later,” said the senator.

Schumer made those remarks during the Q-and-A portion of the event after a reporter asked him about his reference to Obamacare in his more than 50-minute speech.

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