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Schumer: Repeal will cost GOP in election
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Posted on 07/01/2012 10:17:07 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Schumer: Repeal will cost GOP in election By Meghashyam Mali - 07/01/12 12:05 PM ET

Sen. Charles Schumer on Sunday warned Republicans that they would suffer at the polls if they continued to push for a repeal of the president’s healthcare reform bill.

“If Republicans make that their number one issue, the repeal of healthcare, they are certainly going to lose the election, in the House and the Senate and the presidency,” said Schumer on CBS’s “Face the Nation”.

“Bottom line is most Americans are not for repeal. If you look at all the polls, a little more than a third are for repeal,” he said.

Congressional Republicans and GOP presidential candidate have vowed to undo the law, after the Supreme Court upheld much if the Affordable Care Act in a 4-4 ruling Thursday.

A House vote on repeal is expectd on July 11 and Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that senators will need only 51 votes under reconciliation to repeal the health law after the high court said a central provision, the individual mandate, was constitutional under Congress’s taxing powers.

Schumer though cautioned Republicans that calling for full repeal would kill many popular provisions in the bill, including many that GOP lawmakers backed.

“The bill overall people do not want repealed,” insisted Schumer.

House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday said he supported full repeal despite the presence of some “good” measures in the legislation. He promised that lawmakers would take up those individual provisions through a “step-by-step” approach, but only after the full law was voided.

Also appearing on CBS, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) reiterated GOP criticisms of the bill, saying it was fundamentally flawed and did little to address the real issues with healthcare.

“The disease is healthcare costs too much and with the Affordable Care Act it’s going to cost a whole lot more,” said Coburn. “Now the estimate with the Supreme Court ruling is about $1.9 trillion.”

We have to fix the problems not the symptoms and you’re hearing all this politics about it, what we should have is real access and real care for people without an insurance company or the government between the patient and the physican. We’ve not done that with this bill and a lot of the programs that are out there today don’t do it and we need to change healthcare in America, but what we’ve done is make the problem worse not better,” he added.

The Oklahoma senator also defended his statement made last week to a local state newspaper that the healthcare reform bill would “Sovietize” medicine in the U.S.

Asked about those remarks, Coburn responded, “that means that the bureaucrats and politicians are in charge of your healthcare and that’s exactly what this has done. There’s not going to be individual choice. “

Schumer said that GOP lawmakers should shift their attention from healthcare to passing measures to help boost the economy.

"The number one thing people want us to focus on is jobs, the economy, increase middle class paychecks,” Schumer said. “The GOP is in a box, the Tea Party is pulling them over to talk about repeal, that’s only six or seven in the polls. The economy, jobs, paychecks number one.”

“The way we get back to Congress it’s going to be a great contrast,” he said. “They are going to vote on repeal of healthcare, litigating a battle that’s been going on for four years that the American people want us to move on and we are going to put forward a small business jobs tax cut.”

Schumer also took a shot at GOP claims that the healthcare bill was a tax increase. “Mitt Romney’s in a total pickle here. He prescribed this. This was his bill,” said Schumer, referring to the healthcare reform package Romney signed as governor of Massachusetts. “Speaker Boehner is saying it’s a tax increase… are they going to say that Mitt Romney passed the biggest tax increase in Massachusetts? Forget about it.”

Democrats have rebuffed Romney's criticisms of the president's healthcare plan, by claiming the reforms he implemented in Massachusetts were a blueprint for the administration. Romney though has said that he never intended those measures to be implemented nationally.


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To: Sub-Driver

Hey Chuckie, a little reverse psychology in action? Make us think repeal will hurt us and then we won’t? Sorry, Mr. Illinois-Is-In-A-Mess-Because-Of-Democrats, it ain’t gonna work.


21 posted on 07/01/2012 10:30:48 AM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: Sub-Driver

Even if he’s correct (he’s not) and a third of the population want healthcare repealed, let’s not forget the other third that want jobs and budget restraint and the other third that want border protection and immigration reform...and the one percent that want gay marriage overturned.


22 posted on 07/01/2012 10:31:11 AM PDT by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: Sub-Driver

This is not a test for several supposed “conservative” Democrats in the Senate, but for Republicans. THEY are the true subverters of this country now.


23 posted on 07/01/2012 10:32:10 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Sub-Driver

He’s right in a sense; we need to make the economy our number one issue. “Repeal ObamaCare because it’s bad for the economy” instead of just “Repeal ObamaCare”.


24 posted on 07/01/2012 10:34:31 AM PDT by Pollster1 (A boy becomes a man when a man is needed - John Steinbeck)
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To: Sub-Driver

What a Smuck...Only Chucky and his ilk could call a massive tax increase, not a tax increase and predict doom. Considering the number of idiots in NY you are safe Chuck, but expect the butt kicking that is comming. Idiot.


25 posted on 07/01/2012 10:36:29 AM PDT by JohnD9207 (Mitt better grow a pair or this thing will be over soon.)
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To: Sub-Driver

That’s the demographic that both political parties have been soliciting and feeding debt/revenues to for decades. Men will just watch the show for a while. Have fun. Enjoy the slide.


26 posted on 07/01/2012 10:41:09 AM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: Sub-Driver

In other words “Oh PLEASE, don’t throw me in da briar patch !”


27 posted on 07/01/2012 10:59:01 AM PDT by sawmill trash (TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY !!!!!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m sure the moderates in the Republican party agree.


28 posted on 07/01/2012 10:59:01 AM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: Sub-Driver

Schumer just got his ass handed to him. Good Night you flaming communist dipshit. Have fun in the minority for a looooong time.


29 posted on 07/01/2012 11:00:08 AM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Schumer has read the Dear Leader’s memo.


30 posted on 07/01/2012 11:02:26 AM PDT by citizencon
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To: Sub-Driver

Right, and the sixty-three new House members, thirteen new senators, ten new governors and seven hundred new legislators that won in 2010 back him up in this opinion.


31 posted on 07/01/2012 11:05:03 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Sub-Driver

Yeah? bet me!


32 posted on 07/01/2012 11:07:11 AM PDT by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: Sub-Driver
Schumer said that GOP lawmakers should shift their attention from healthcare to passing measures to help boost the economy.

Repeal Commiecare™. It's a start.

33 posted on 07/01/2012 11:07:17 AM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Sub-Driver

34 posted on 07/01/2012 11:16:43 AM PDT by CodeToad (Homosexuals are homophobes. They insist on being called 'gay' instead.)
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To: Sub-Driver

How nice of Mr Schumer to be looking out for his political enemies’ interests.


35 posted on 07/01/2012 11:19:39 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Not if the Repubs talk about the drawbacks of Obamacare:

And as a final argument, the Repubs should emphasize that The Dems have exempted themselves!

36 posted on 07/01/2012 11:35:09 AM PDT by eCSMaster ('Nancy Pelosi is a DINGBAT.' - Gov. Sarah Palin)
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To: Sub-Driver

Tanks fer lookin out Chuckie.


37 posted on 07/01/2012 11:39:57 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: albie

“Delusional. A combination of age and over medication.”

I don’t think so.

He was born an idiot.

He was raised an idiot.

He has lived his life as an idiot.

He’s going to die an idiot.

Age and medication has nothing to do with him being an idiot.


38 posted on 07/01/2012 12:14:06 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: sunmars

“Is he a liar, stupid or both.”

Schumer is stupid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib52WMd8Ix8


39 posted on 07/01/2012 12:35:57 PM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: Sub-Driver

This must be true. Chucky and the ny slimes always have the GOPS best interest in mind


40 posted on 07/01/2012 12:43:32 PM PDT by italianquaker ( Mr Obama inherited an AAA rating and made it AA, thnx Resident Zero)
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