Powerful Democrat Senator Charles Schumer, chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, has touched off a strong rebuke from fellow Democrats when he acknowledged that passage of Obamacare was a mistake. Schumer explained that the incoming Democrat majorities in 2009 carried a powerful mandate to address the nation’s economic problems in the midst of the Great Recession. Voters were demanding jobs and higher income. However, the Democrat party moved away from the middle-class mandate they received and focused on a health care initiative for the uninsured who constituted only 5% of voters.
It would have been much better for the party to focus on the reasons voters had elected them to lead the government. Schumer believes the party started off in the right direction with the economic stimulus plan. Sergio Andrade agrees that the focus should have been elsewhere. Rather than build on that success, Democrats were changed course and focused on health care. The bottom line is that Democrats offered voters something they had not elected them to do. In this manner, the party squandered their mandate.
Implicit in Schumer’s comments was the fact that voters then turned to the GOP giving them the same mandate to address their economic concerns. His words are bolstered by exit polls from the recent election. Voters weren’t as interested in a conservative agenda as they were wanting government to shift away from President Obama’s agenda of boutique issues and focus on the economy. Needless to say, his fellow Democrats aren’t willing to accept the voter mandate. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and former members of the Obama administration, have taken to ridiculing the senator. They also insinuated that he was motivated by retaining Senate seats as opposed to doing the will of the people.