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Chuck Schumer, up for re-election in 2016, starts speed reading the Obamacare tea leaves

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By Doug Powers  •  November 26, 2014 10:16 PM

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With a keen eye on the election slaughter Democrats endured earlier this month, NY Sen. Chuck Schumer, who just happens to be up for re-election in less than two years, is manufacturing some distance from Obamacare:

Sen. Chuck Schumer second-guessed President Obama’s top legislative accomplishment Tuesday in a speech that drew quick fire from fellow Democrats.

Schumer said Democrats should have shelved health care legislation passed in 2010. With the country in a recession, Democrats should have followed the 2009 economic stimulus bill with bills to help the middle class, then attempted to pass health care later in Obama’s presidency, he said.

“We took their mandate and put all focus on the wrong problem – health care reform,” Schumer argued in a National Press Club speech.

The New York senator said middle-class voters did not feel they benefited from a bill that primarily aimed at helping less affluent Americans who lacked insurance. Schumer made that case at the time, but was overruled by Obama.

In December of 2009, Schumer thought Obamacare was such a bad idea for both the country and Democrats (not in that order) that he voted “yes” on the bill.

These recent comments put ThinkProgress, New Republic and other lefties in a wobble. But Schumer has proven that for some Democrats, self-preservation trumps toeing the party line.

Schumer is of course full of it as usual, because he said Obamacare ignored the middle class, and it did anything but. Just ask those millions in the “middle class” who had health insurance policies canceled as a result of the law. The middle class wasn’t “ignored” by the ACA — they were its victims. Schumer knows that, and in 2016 he’ll hope voters are exactly how Jonathan Gruber described them.

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On a separate note, happy Thanksgiving everybody!

I’ll be doing the usual — spending time with my family while fighting off a tryptophan coma and shouting at the TV during the Lions game. Some things never change.

**Written by Doug Powers

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