“Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them [in 2008],” declared the senior Senator from New York. At the time, the middle class had just experienced the economic shock of their lives, and the election was a mandate to change direction from Bush-era economic policies, Schumer told the National Press Club. “We took their mandate,” Schumer explained, “and put all focus on the wrong problem – healthcare reform.” But then he stepped in it even deeper and said, “We were in the middle of a recession. People were hurting and saying, 'What about me? I'm losing my job. It's not health care that bothers me. What about me?’" Even worse, Schumer argued, the program only provided benefits to “about 5 percent of the electorate,” while “only about a third of the uninsured are even registered to vote.” He will pay dearly for telling the truth. You just don’t “underbus” the President—only he gets that privilege.
Eight-five percent of the people had health insurance, and 87% of those who had it were satisfied. Obamacare benefits 5 percent of the population. “The costs for this system will be borne mainly by the middle class; the wealthy can afford a wide range of options, while most of the government benefits will apply to the small percentage of the population.
Unfortunately, Schumer he was supporting O-care when he actually could have done something, and his party remembers it well. Politics, such fun, innit?