Schumer: No way will ObamaCare be the number-one issue in 2014

posted at 10:01 am on December 23, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Dream big, senator. Dream big. Via RCP:

I think what most Americans want us to do is not repeal Obamacare, which is what our Republican colleagues are focused on, but fix it. The president is working to fix it, we are working in the Senate to fix it, we urge our Republican colleagues to join us in fixing it. The bottom line is there are a lot of good things in Obamacare that people like, and the more people see that, the more positive it’s going to be. And I would just say one other thing with all the focus on Obamacare, David. The number one issue in the 2014 election is not going to be Obamacare or the deficit. It is going to be who can get the middle class going again. Who can expand middle class incomes, who can create jobs? That is far and away the issue that most Americans care about.

Yes, and I’m sure that we’ll be hearing plenty from desperately determined Democrats about the minimum wage and more federal intervention and other such populist, progressive, and ultimately counterproductive ideas for boosting the fortunes of the middle class, but the major problem with Schumer’s proffered middle-class theory is that ObamaCare (not to mention, the deficit) is hugely and inextricably linked with the fate of the middle class. The Obama administration is trying to remake the sixth of the economy that personally affects just about everyone, and as even the New York Times finally noticed on Saturday, many members of the middle class are already feeling shock and frustration from the newly-minted price hikes among the set of plans from which they find they must now choose.

And as the AP notes today, still more people will soon start discovering that the higher prices of their new premiums are far from the only costs that will come due:

As a key enrollment deadline hits Monday, many people without health insurance have been sizing up policies on the new government health care marketplace and making what seems like a logical choice: They’re picking the cheapest one.

Increasingly, experts in health insurance are becoming concerned that many of these first-time buyers will be in for a shock when they get medical care next year and discover they’re on the hook for most of the initial cost. …

For those without insurance — about 15 percent of the population — “the lesson is it’s important to understand the total cost of ownership of a plan,” said Matt Eyles, a vice president of Avalere Health, a market analysis firm. “You just don’t want to look only at the premium.”

Counselors who have been helping people choose policies say many are focused only on the upfront cost, not what the insurance companies agree to pay.

In a time in which Americans’ budgets are already tight, those are going to be particularly unpleasant and costly surprises — and the hard economic choices that individuals, families, and businesses are going to have to make are only just beginning.


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Yeah, Americans never vote based on things that directly involve their wallet.

Gingotts on December 23, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Rich white male calling it obamacare = racist wanting to bring down the president

jaywemm on December 23, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Putz.

celtic warrior on December 23, 2013 at 10:04 AM

As Aerosmith said “dream on”!

tim c on December 23, 2013 at 10:04 AM

These thugs are out-and-out communists. Just wait until, in addition to being surprised about having no coverage or that it costs twice what it used to, people start to die because of it next year. I can’t wait to hear the spin on that. I swear I believe these jerks will blame the deaths on a muhammedan video. Just wait. Here comes the BOOM.

HomeoftheBrave on December 23, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Hopefully the impeachment and imprisonment of obozo and his circle of jerks will be the number 1 issue.

Flange on December 23, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Why does Obama have to fix something when he and the Dems took such time, deliberation, and care to present, discuss, and debate a 2,700-page piece of legislation authorizing another 10,000 pages of HHS regulations?

Let’s not forget the SCOTUS litigation the individual mandate triggered along with the litigation that the contraception mandate is generating.

Say, is anyone else’s head spinning from all the MANDATES included in legislation applicable to those who are citizens in the land of the free?

BuckeyeSam on December 23, 2013 at 10:07 AM

I have a question. If 85% of the public had insurance, before the ACA started working, and 15% of them lost their insurance, and those without it are getting it through medicaid, what is the purpose of the exercise? If the purpose was to switch to 15% from the middle class to the lower class, the ACA has been successful. If the purpose was to get people better, more affordable insurance, it’s been a failure.

bflat879 on December 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Since when has Schumer ever been right?

sadatoni on December 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Dream big, senator. Dream big.

I can’t believe this but I agree with Schumer. Obamacare will not be the number one issue in 2014. Repeal of Obamacare will be the top issue.

Happy Nomad on December 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM

When I was still a resident of NY, I visited the Capitol with my wife. The Senate was in session and I wanted to sit in the gallery. My wife, as a foreign national, could get a pass right there in the Rotunda, but I, as a U.S. citizen, was supposed to go to the office of one of my Senators to get a pass.

Now, I wasn’t thrilled about having to go all the way to their offices, I was doubly not thrilled cause I had a choice of either Hillary or Schumer.

I passed. Didn’t need to see the Senate in session that bad.

Schumer should change his name to Schmucker. He is a bald faced opportunist.

Oh, by the way, now I live in the DC area, so I have many opportunities to go the Senate. Unfortunately, my Senators are Cardin and Mikulski.

I pass again.

NavyMustang on December 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM

I have a question. If 85% of the public had insurance, before the ACA started working, and 15% of them lost their insurance, and those without it are getting it through medicaid, what is the purpose of the exercise? If the purpose was to switch to 15% from the middle class to the lower class, the ACA has been successful. If the purpose was to get people better, more affordable insurance, it’s been a failure.

bflat879 on December 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM

You do realize that doing math on your own is considered racist now, right?

Happy Nomad on December 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM

…the number one issue in the 2014 election is not going to be Obamacare or the deficit. It is going to be who can get the middle class going again.

Hey D!ckhead. I’ve glanced at the rates on the exchange. If I have to purchase insurance on the exchange, I’ll be paying well over double what I’m paying now – and the out of pocket expenses will be even higher. How does sucking more money out the economy to pay for insurance help get the middle class going again? Obamacare is a giant boat anchor around the very necks of the people you claim to want to help.

Hill60 on December 23, 2013 at 10:13 AM

I have another question, (so many questions, so little time) does Schumer know something we don’t? I’m guessing the only way for this to not be a problem is repeal.

bflat879 on December 23, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Hello, Mcfly?

cmsinaz on December 23, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Oh, by the way, now I live in the DC area, so I have many opportunities to go the Senate. Unfortunately, my Senators are Cardin and Mikulski.

I pass again.

NavyMustang on December 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Oh, just bite the bullet and go to their office. The nice staff critter at the front just pulls them out of their desks without even asking if you really are a constituent. For that matter, go to the office of a Senator you’d like to adopt.

A gallery visit is interesting if a bit cumbersome (you can’t even take a key fob into the gallery) But it is an enlightening experience. Last time I was there, Senators were speaking on behalf of Leon Panetta’s nomination for SecDef. Al Franken was acting President of the Senate and the speakers were in an empty gallery yet, from C-Span you’d think that the floor of the Senate was filled to capacity. It’s probably a situation you already knew about but to see it in person is a real eye-opener.

Happy Nomad on December 23, 2013 at 10:17 AM

The democrats have not offered one piece of legislation to “fix” the ACA. Accusing the Republicans of obstruction is just another lie. Seen the new democrat commercial that accuse the republicans of being heartless for not passing the budget with the extended unemployment benefits? Twice as many republicans voted against the budget in the house and the budget passed the senate on a majority democrat vote with 36 republicans voting against it. It was signed into law by President Obama, but this is all the republican’s fault. The democrats are liars and think the public is dumb enough to believe their lies.

Rumpole of the Bailey on December 23, 2013 at 10:18 AM

This guy is the definition of Swarmy

Oil Can on December 23, 2013 at 10:19 AM

If we’re lucky, the number one issue will be tracking down and extraditing Obama and Big Mooch.

justltl on December 23, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Charles doesn’t listen to the chattering class people.

Mr. Arrogant on December 23, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Eh, he’s probably right. I’m sure the democrats and their butt-lickers in the media have a bushel of squirrels to release to keep everyone’s attention off of the epic clusterfark known as obamacare.

Look forward to a new “Republicans War on ___________.” Every month.

We’ll be starting the year with the Republicans War on Anus Lovers.

HumpBot Salvation on December 23, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Schumer’s head is so far up his ass, it’s a wonder he can breathe.

GarandFan on December 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM

..love to see these asssholes who are up for re-election when the polls start rolling in next June.

The War Planner on December 23, 2013 at 10:23 AM

In the immortal words of Lawrence Taylor from the magnum opus….

That brings me to my next point…..DON’T SMOKE CRACK

abnormal_1 on December 23, 2013 at 10:23 AM

oops….magnum opus being ‘Water Boy’….

abnormal_1 on December 23, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Good luck with that Schmuckie, I don’t think people can just ignore the real life consequences of O’care.

antipc on December 23, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Late Summer is when it is going to hit people hard when they are still paying out of pocket. Most families don’t use $10,000 in medical care in a year and that is the average deductible under Obamacare for family plans. Preventative medicine doesn’t have any co-pays or out of pocket up front, but almost everything else that people use routinely does.

Johnnyreb on December 23, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Coburn opened with a subtle swipe at his own party. “I guess I can’t really speak for Republicans,” he claimed. “My thoughts are, the American people don’t believe we have a debt ceiling because we always increase it, and they don’t believe we have the discipline in Washington.”

The senator then took aim at Gregory’s implications that these “tough issues” can only be solved through bipartisan compromise. “The reason we’re in trouble on deficits and debts is not because we didn’t agree, but because we did,” Coburn contended. “We agreed to spend $740 billion we didn’t have last year. We agreed to waste $30 billion — as I put in the Wastebook — this year. We agreed to continue to let Medicare have $80 billion a year in fraud in it. We’re going to have $80 billion a year in fraud in Obamacare. We agreed to all those things. (RELATED: Coburn calls out ‘do nothing’ government as top waste item of 2013)

“So the story coming out of Washington, that we don’t get along? I would dispute that,” the senator declared. “We get along just fine with the status quo of the government being ineffective and inefficient. So we pass a bill that raises spending and raises taxes and denies what we promised the American people, and everybody says “Oh my goodness how great! You grew the government some more and you charged us more taxes and you didn’t fix any of the problems.”

Schumer essentially ignored Coburn’s critique of the Washington narrative, instead …

J_Crater on December 23, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Gary Wright has something to say to you, Chuckie.

platypus on December 23, 2013 at 10:33 AM

No way will ObamaCare be the number-one issue in 2014

So says Bernie Madoff’s Senator.

Deafdog on December 23, 2013 at 10:33 AM

The Dems will make immigration the No 1 topic so the Repubs can cave on that one too in the interest of winning the next election.

TerryW on December 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM

…unless if by some MIRACLE it gets turned around into some semblance of something that isn’t a complete abomination, then that’s all you sorry SOBs will talk about.

BigWyo on December 23, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Schumer: No way will ObamaCare be the number-one issue in 2014

Schumer is doing his best “These are not the droids you’re looking for”,
but the Force is weak with this one.

ITguy on December 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM

I think what most Americans want us to do is not repeal Obamacare, which is what our Republican colleagues are focused on, but fix it.

Yes, we want to add some more squirrel and sparklers to our $hit Sandwich…then you rubes will JUST LOVE IT!!!

BigWyo on December 23, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Of course FU Schumer is right. Why would over a 100 million people losing their insurance and paying more be a story in 2014?

jukin3 on December 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Schumer: No way will ObamaCare be the number-one issue in 2014

…of course not…it will be delayed until 2015…

KOOLAID2 on December 23, 2013 at 10:40 AM

The president is working to fix it, we are working in the Senate to fix it, we urge our Republican colleagues to join us in fixing it.

??? How can the Republicans work to “fix it” if the President continues to act like the law is simply a set of guidelines giving him complete flexibility to reinterpret and rewrite it as he goes?

PackerBronco on December 23, 2013 at 10:46 AM

…..we urge our Republican colleagues to join us in fixing it.

I am not sure why Schumer feels they need Republican help. Obama seems to be taking care of fixing it with his daily executive order rule by diktat. I see no reason to join the Democrats in this disaster. Even if Obamacare works out in the long run to the public’s satisfaction, it’s not going to buy any good will for the Republicans anyway. Stay away from it.

DaveDief on December 23, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Schumer: No way will ObamaCare be the number-one issue in 2014

I have to agree with Schumer… Obamacare will NOT be the number-one issue in 2014 if the GOP is dumb enough to pass amnesty.

And it will not end well for the GOP…

TheRightMan on December 23, 2013 at 10:48 AM

I think what most Americans want us to do is not repeal Obamacare, which is what our Republican colleagues are focused on, but fix it. The president is working to fix it, we are working in the Senate to fix it, we urge our Republican colleagues to join us in fixing it.

Translation – we rammed a load of crap down your throats and upon it’s debut we have to fix it.

Yes, Chuck I am certain this monstrosity won’t be a story. Just as I am certain that we will be invaded by hordes of SQUIRRELS! nest year. Supported of course by the kneepad/pom pom media.

ghostwalker1 on December 23, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Fix it??–King Tyranny waving his magical wand to re-write legislation orchestrated only to rescue his colleagues is hardly what Americans will consider a fix…even for us that follow this debacle daily, we hardly can recite what the mandates and consequences are because of the fly by night, merry go round approach of the administration to change THE LAW.

hillsoftx on December 23, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Schumer: No way will ObamaCare be the number-one issue in 2014

He might just be right if the GOP passes amnesty.

Doomberg on December 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Fixing it so far equals delaying this or that provision of it – and they will eventually want more money for it – and more government.

Obamacare is, at its heart, a Soviet-style economic plan. It cannot be “fixed.”

TarheelBen on December 23, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Schumer knows that the Boehner led betrayal with the amnesty “floodgates R us” bill will be the news de jour.

Don L on December 23, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Can’t be fixed.

Fleuries on December 23, 2013 at 10:53 AM

What a dope. I get exasperated when I hear schumer, such a dim bulb; but then, I remember the two Darrells we have in CA, and the dumbest in the senate, boxer.

StevC on December 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM

The number one issue in the 2014 election is not going to be Obamacare or the deficit. It is going to be who can get the middle class going again.

Yes and just who has had five years to make that happen?

Kafir on December 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Delusional- millions more will lose insurance next year and be forced onto the expensive exchanges.

Valiant on December 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM

we urge our Republican colleagues to join us in fixing it.

This is much like the skipper of the Titanic, urging the ships that warned him not to drive so fast through that ice field, to come help them pick up the barely alive survivors.

The left can’t wait to get the word “bipartisan” attached to their healthcare debacle

Don L on December 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM

This is much like the skipper of the Titanic, urging the ships that warned him not to drive so fast through that ice field, to come help them pick up the barely alive survivors.

I would say it’s like the Titanic’s captain asking the other captains to come join in the fun of hitting the iceberg.

Flange on December 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

One could argue that there are many good things about sh*t but at the end of the day, it’s still sh*t.

mitchellvii on December 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

And this from the lips of the man who promised us Obamacare would be a huge success from the start.

Didn’t believe you the first time.

mitchellvii on December 23, 2013 at 11:07 AM

…Who can expand middle class incomes, who can create jobs? That is far and away the issue that most Americans care about.

And our plan to “expand middle class incomes” is to inject 11 million more low-skilled workers into the labor market. That should do it.

drunyan8315 on December 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Poor fool.

He must read his own fan mail that he writes.

avagreen on December 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Chuck, you might want to talk to the DNC Chair about that one.

JohnGalt23 on December 23, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Oh really, schmuckie, may want to talk to Horse-face wasserman schultz bout that. If it’s such a great deal why not run on it!

rjoco1 on December 23, 2013 at 11:18 AM

I’m sure that we’ll be hearing plenty from desperately determined Democrats about the minimum wage… for boosting the fortunes of the middle class

So, this is where the DimBulbCrats are. Minimum wage jobs to fund a middle class? That’s their idea of economic mobility? Minimum wage is for teenagers with summer jobs, not for building an economy or a middle class. Why are Obomba and his DimBulbCrat minions so opposed to people moving up the economic ladder by making it possible for the private sector to provide a middle class jobs that will make them prosperous?

NOMOBO on December 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Sadly, Chuckie may be right on this one. Boner, Ryan the RINO and the rest of the gang are going to make sure Amnesty will be the topic of the year.

PaddyORyan on December 23, 2013 at 11:44 AM

If there were any justice at all in the world, this clown’s seat would be vulnerable in 2014.

trigon on December 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

If the media play footsies with the Dem game plan (as they always do), “the narrative will be directed toward what the Dems want or don’t want to discuss.

onlineanalyst on December 23, 2013 at 12:03 PM

I sure would like to see Chuckles get handed his walking papers. Amongst others.

mojo on December 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Chuck U Schumer

txdoc on December 23, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Sadly, Chuckie may be right on this one. Boner, Ryan the RINO and the rest of the gang are going to make sure Amnesty will be the topic of the year.

PaddyORyan on December 23, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Thread winner! Passing so-called immigration reform would be a huge boost to democrat enthusiasm and a punch in the gut to the Republican base mere months before the midterms. The media would run with it as a resurrection of Obama’s 2nd term and a new lease on life for Democrats.

Wigglesworth on December 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM

This man’s children have cloven hooves.

Bet on it.

CurtZHP on December 23, 2013 at 12:44 PM

No, of course not – unlimited abortions and free government birth control are the pressing issues of our time.

crrr6 on December 23, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Chuckie’s got his marching orders.

CWchangedhisNicagain on December 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I sure would like to see Chuckles get handed his walking papers. Amongst others.

mojo on December 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Well, the songs “Dream On” and “Dream Weaver” have already come up on this thread, and both would apply to your wish. In 2010, Chuckles beat his opponent by 33 points. The previous time (2004) he beat his opponent by 47 points.

Those election results speak volumes about the average “intelligence” of Chuckles’ constituents. He’s not going anywhere, any time soon.

Del Dolemonte on December 23, 2013 at 12:56 PM

The ONLY way Obamacare will not be the biggest issue in 2014 is if Iran nukes Israel. But other than that.

mustng66 on December 23, 2013 at 1:03 PM

You can run Chuckie but you can’t hide. Everyone of you will be called to task for your part in Obamacare.

rplat on December 23, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Is that a wag-the-dog threat?

evergreen on December 23, 2013 at 1:24 PM

No way Obamacare will be the big story of 2013.

tmitsss on December 23, 2013 at 2:12 PM

He’s simply telling you in advance that they’re going to continue doing everything they can to delay, extend, subsidize, and more – to ensure that it simply isn’t the Armageddon it *should* be in 2014.

GOP – quit counting your chickens before you hatch. The danger here is that the GOP will continue to expect Obamacare to simply give them the election in November, and they won’t have to work hard, won’t have to think smart, won’t have to worry about their base, etc.

The Dems are not – *NOT* – simply going to roll over and prop their backsides up in the air for an inevitable royal reaming. Stop betting on them doing so.

Midas on December 23, 2013 at 2:49 PM

You can run Chuckie but you can’t hide. Everyone of you will be called to task for your part in Obamacare.

rplat on December 23, 2013 at 1:15 PM

I hope you’re right.

You should be right.

I highly suspect you (and I) are, instead, going to be fuming and incensed at the number of unethical/illegal delays/subsidies the Dems pull out of their butts to ensure that this widespread “called to task” event does *not* occur in 2014. And enough of the lofovoters will buy it. Just sayin.

Midas on December 23, 2013 at 2:51 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoE1R-xH5To

tmgrant on December 23, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Dream on Chuck. Obama and the Democrat Party made this mess, they own it. And, the American people are not going to forget it when they go the polls in November 2014.

SC.Charlie on December 23, 2013 at 3:33 PM

No, of course not – unlimited abortions and free government birth control are the pressing issues of our time.

crrr6 on December 23, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Exactly! And don’t forget the great homophobe hunt. These are all issues of great concern to the state media eunuchs.

rhombus on December 23, 2013 at 3:37 PM

and other such populist, progressive LIBERAL, and ultimately counterproductive ideas for boosting the fortunes of the middle class

I’d like to start a campaign to restore the rightful title to the Democrat party. Who gave them the right to cleverly re-brand themselves as “progressive” rather than “liberal?” And why has everyone, even the opposition, gone along with the ruse?

Progress toward a socialist state is the only progressive aspect of their agenda. But, it sounds so much less-threatening.

If if walks like a duck and talks like a duck, we need to call it a duck. Maybe we need a Duck Commander duck call?

IndieDogg on December 23, 2013 at 3:55 PM

The democrats are liars and think the public is dumb enough to believe their lies.

Rumpole of the Bailey on December 23, 2013 at 10:18 AM

The farce that is Obamacare may open some eyes, but history shows the Dims correct in their opinion of the voting public.

SteveInRTP on December 23, 2013 at 4:58 PM

The day it is officially failed I want to see him Debbie W Schults and Mary Landrieu on the Sunday morning talk shows continuing to defend it, casting blame, projecting, and just being enough to show us and the low information voters what kind of kooks they really are.

jake49 on December 23, 2013 at 5:33 PM

That is far and away the issue that most Americans care about.

Tax and spend jackass Scummer the Scumbag wants to talk about the deficit? Bwaaaaaahahahahahaha… All the evidence you need that O’BozoCare is an unimaginable political disaster for the Dummocrats.

Jaibones on December 23, 2013 at 7:06 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giw90pVN-5c

diogenes on December 23, 2013 at 10:04 PM

You’re almost right again, Mr. Schumer.

TimBuk3 on December 24, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Voters of bankrupt New York should “fix” this guy for getting his hedge fund manager buddies into an 18% bracket at fund distribution time.

NoPain on December 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM

I’m sure he’s right; and while I’m sure the Democrats don’t want a nuclear war….

PersonFromPorlock on December 24, 2013 at 11:31 AM

It is going to be who can get the middle class going again. Who can expand middle class incomes, who can create jobs? That is far and away the issue that most Americans care about.

SO how is the “creating jobs” work going Senator?

2006 Dems took the House & senate, and have held 2/3rds of the House/Senate/Presidency trifecta since… if you like, lets talk about jobs.

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS12300000

That 2006-2013 range is going to make people happier? Good luck with that one skippy; you might want to pick a topic you’ve made real progress on.

Like… oh damn, I see your problem.

gekkobear on December 26, 2013 at 1:46 PM