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Monday, December 09, 2019

Ex-Obama Staffers Fire Back At Sen. Schumer Over Health Care Reform

Two former top speechwriters for President Obama took to Twitter on Tuesday, openly slamming Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for his comments that the Democratic Party should not have worked to pass health care reform in 2009.

“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, at a speech to the National Press Club. “We took their mandate and put all of our focus on the wrong problem — health care reform. 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 also questioned the political effectiveness of health care reform — on the basis that the uninsured population who would benefit the most also tend not to vote — and that fixing the unfairness of the insurance system still would not provide a simple enough message for middle-class voters.

Former head Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, who is now working as a political consultant, tweeted out:

Favreau also described Schumer’s speech as “the worst instincts of the Democratic Party in action.”

And former speechwriter Jon Lovett, now a screenwriter, also chimed in with a reminder on the importance of the accomplishment for Democrats:

Photo: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and President Barack Obama — Jan. 21, 2013. (Official White House Photo)

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