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Schumer: ObamaCare "Off The Table" For Romney As Campaign Issue
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Posted on 03/28/2012 2:52:04 PM PDT by Fred

A top Democrat in the Senate took a rare direct shot at GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney on Tuesday, arguing that Romney's past support of health care reform means the issue is "off the table" during the fall elections.

Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, the Democratic Conference vice chairman and former head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, blasted Romney during an outdoor press conference near the Supreme Court. The court is spending this week reviewing the constitutionality of the 2010 health care reform law that is President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.

Schumer said Romney's support of a similarly structured reform program when he was governor of Massachusetts disqualifies him from attacking Obama over the issue this fall, should Romney become the Republican presidential nominee.

"Romney's trying to disown what he did in Massachusetts, now that the individual mandate is unpopular with conservatives," Schumer said. "No matter what he tries to say now, Mitt Romney is a walking, talking amicus brief in favor of the president's health care law.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: charlesschumer; chuckschumer; etchasketch; gingrich; godfather; kenyanbornmuzzie; mittromney; newtgingrich; newyork; obamacare; ricksantorum; romney; romney4deathpanels; romney4obamacare; romneycare; tantorum
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1 posted on 03/28/2012 2:52:15 PM PDT by Fred
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To: Fred

,,,, and that’s why the Mean Streak Media wants Mittens to win the primary ,,, no secret here .


2 posted on 03/28/2012 2:55:02 PM PDT by Lionheartusa1 (-: Socialism is the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: Fred

Are there any differences, any at all, between Romneycare and Obamacare?

If both have mandates, is the main difference the fact one is a state government program and the other Federal?


3 posted on 03/28/2012 2:55:12 PM PDT by SatinDoll (No Foreign Nationals as our President!)
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To: SatinDoll
Are there any differences, any at all, between Romneycare and Obamacare?

Apples and oranges... COMPLETELY different!

One has a mandate and the other.... wait, ummm...

One takes away individual choice, and the other... ummmm...

One is by a 'Rat, and the other is by a Re.... ummmm....

4 posted on 03/28/2012 2:58:56 PM PDT by C210N (Mitt "Severe Etch-a-Sketch" Romney is the front-runner? Seriously??)
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To: Fred

Romney just on with a local radio show in Wisconsin. Our primary is next week. He claims Obama Crud is different from what was done in MA. MA program is based on private health insurance vs Obama’s government single payer based coverage.


5 posted on 03/28/2012 2:59:14 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: Fred

Blind Squirrel Gets Nut!


6 posted on 03/28/2012 2:59:30 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (obamacare is an oxymoron.)
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To: SatinDoll

Not according to Ms. Betsey Ross, HC advocate

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrbdhA4oCcQ


7 posted on 03/28/2012 2:59:30 PM PDT by Fred (http://etchasketchmittromney.com/)
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To: Fred

Has Obama done anything else in three years that could be harmful to his Campaign?

It’s not like Obamacare is his only “achievement”.
I think the media keeps focusing on this (obvious” issue so we don’t go digging through Fast & Furious, Unemployment, Solyndra, Drilling moratoriums, Stimulus, $1 Billion for the Muslim Brotherhood, IRan etc.........

Romney, or anyone else for that matter has PLENTY to smack this President upside the face with. Obamacare is just the fight they’d LIKE to have.


8 posted on 03/28/2012 3:00:46 PM PDT by CrappieLuck
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To: C210N

I think the big difference is one is a state issue and the other federal. If a state wants to screw itself, that is its right to do as long is does not come looking for federal dollars to keep it going. IMHO, there are few issues that need federal involvement, far fewer than what the feds are involved in today.


9 posted on 03/28/2012 3:02:19 PM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: SatinDoll

Yes, pretty much. However it is constitutional in Massachusetts and unconstitutional federally. In both cases it is bad medicine.


10 posted on 03/28/2012 3:04:18 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: C210N; Fred

I get the big picture, and it is what I originally thought: there isn’t any major differences.

So, why is the RNC so hot to have a liberal Democrat as our Republican nominee?


11 posted on 03/28/2012 3:04:47 PM PDT by SatinDoll (No Foreign Nationals as our President!)
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To: Fred

The most noteworthy part of this is that they want ObamaCare “off the table”. If they were proud of it, or thought it was a winning issue, they’d want it on the table.

Sounds to me like they’re conceding the issue ... admitting that its a vulnerability rather than an accomplishment. Anytime the bad guys say an issue is “off the table” — that pretty much puts it back on the table.

SnakeDoc


12 posted on 03/28/2012 3:05:37 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens)
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To: SatinDoll
Are there any differences, any at all, between Romneycare and Obamacare?

Yeah, Romneycare is Republican sanctioned and 0bamacare is Democrat sanctioned.

Other than that they both take away individual freedoms and are a black eye to the US Constitution.

13 posted on 03/28/2012 3:06:16 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Fred
Assuming SCOTUS throws out Obamacare and Romney just won't make an issue of it.

So where does that leave Santorum?

Santorum needs to put forth his plan to restore Healthcare to free market principles. And then he can contrast that plan against what Romney did in Mass. And point out that Romney is likely to try to use Federal funds to impose Romneycare like solutions on states.

Source of Santorum plan

2012 Presidential Plan


14 posted on 03/28/2012 3:06:38 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Fred

If the Court invalidates it, then it is off the table.

What will be on the table is what to do as a replacement.


15 posted on 03/28/2012 3:07:55 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Smith & Wesson: The original point and click interface)
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To: Fred
Every time that reptile opens his big mouth I find myself wishing for a well placed bolt of lightning.

Schumer should be confined to NYC with Bloomberg.

16 posted on 03/28/2012 3:12:51 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SandyInSeattle

I’d start with gas prices and “Russian flexibility”


17 posted on 03/28/2012 3:14:20 PM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: SatinDoll

Yea, if you don’t like Romney care you can move to another state, if you dont like Obamacare you will have to move to another country or get a waiver by way of donations to Obama...


18 posted on 03/28/2012 3:14:52 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: UB355

Obamacare is (was?) not single payer. That’s going be the new-and-progressiver Obamacare 2.0.


19 posted on 03/28/2012 3:18:07 PM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Every time that reptile opens his big mouth I find myself wishing for a well placed bolt of lightning.

You are not alone in your way of thinking.

20 posted on 03/28/2012 3:19:28 PM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: rolling_stone

Not if Romney gets Romneycare passed in all 50 states like he’s suggested doing in the past. I suppose as President he can just cut off funds to the states unless they comply by implementing their own Romneycares.


21 posted on 03/28/2012 3:19:33 PM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: struggle

I’m with you.


22 posted on 03/28/2012 3:21:43 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Smith & Wesson: The original point and click interface)
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To: SatinDoll
Are there any differences, any at all, between Romneycare and Obamacare?

If both have mandates, is the main difference the fact one is a state government program and the other Federal?

Ine was for a state of 6.5 million and the other, hopefully to be ruled unconstitutional, is for 310 million people! Apples y oranges!

23 posted on 03/28/2012 3:22:32 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Fred

How about sleazy back room deals with Vlad and the former KGB guys in Russia.

Can Willard discuss that?


24 posted on 03/28/2012 3:26:05 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: C210N

One is Federal and the other is state of Taxachusetts.


25 posted on 03/28/2012 3:27:04 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Fred

No more!

The SCOTUS is in the process of fixing Romney’s problem.


26 posted on 03/28/2012 3:27:31 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: Fred
It is off the table because Romney is too clumsy and inarticulate to attack Obama and his disastrous health care law. Romney should just attack Obama and the Democrats. Talk about what a disaster Obamacare is. If Romney can't defend his plan in Massachusetts and attack Obamacare he does not deserve to be the nominee.

Newt could make Obamacare an issue. He would be great at it.

27 posted on 03/28/2012 3:32:21 PM PDT by detective
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To: Fred

28 posted on 03/28/2012 3:32:29 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (The only flaw is that America doesn't recognize Cyber's omniscience. -- sergeantdave)
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To: Fred

Time to call the Dem Senators and berate them for wasting a bunch of time on a GOD DAMNED POORLY WRITTEN LAW instead of focusing on UNEMPLOYMENT.


29 posted on 03/28/2012 3:40:02 PM PDT by Chgogal (WSJ, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. Thank you.)
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To: Fred

OK. I think I read all the responses, so here it gos. EVEN IF O & Mitt are neutral on O’care, do we not have a myriad of other issues to run on? Cap&Trade, Destruction of Capitalistic System, Selling out to all our foes (Russia, China, Islam, etc etc), Unemployment, EPA, Supreme Court picks, drilling, nuclear, coal fired electric plants, etc. I don’t know why GOP voters have backed Mitt. I personally think they held their noses because none of the others are better or have been knocked out of race. I really doubt Mitt would roll back everything, that’s why I pray USSCt will knock out Obamacare. But at least he will stop Obama from finally ending our way of life. It will also keep HHS secretary Sebelius (the life long bred Catholic true) from making ALL our health care and death panel decisions.


30 posted on 03/28/2012 3:46:02 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: Fred
Why should we listen to Schumer? He wants Obama re-elected. Obviously he's worried because of the unpopularity of Obamacare.

Granted everything negative about the Massachusetts health care plan (and I don't know how many of the negatives are Romney's fault and how many were beyond his control), if he is the nominee he can make a very simple argument against Obamacare:

It's a state issue. Massachusetts or any other state can decide what it wants. It's not the business of the federal government to impose a health care plan on everyone.

31 posted on 03/28/2012 3:48:48 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Fred. Schumer and Pravda, two peas, one pod.


32 posted on 03/28/2012 3:58:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: Fred

Yeah.

Just coz Schumer says so, what makes it so?


33 posted on 03/28/2012 4:31:02 PM PDT by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: DonaldC

I think the big difference is one is a state issue and the other federal.


Yep, but Schumer is counting on the sheeple not to know the difference. And the fact that the FED is trying to force ALL Americans to buy, just because they say so.


34 posted on 03/28/2012 4:32:53 PM PDT by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: Fred

It isn’t fair to hold Romney responsible for Romneycare. He’s been turned upside down and shaken at least a couple of times since then, so it’s been erased. < /s>


35 posted on 03/28/2012 5:11:02 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: Lionheartusa1
No, that is not the only issue....there are just so many to chose from with Romney.

A good portion of the base will stay home when the MSM is done showing just who this guy really is and then they get to delve into mormonism for the icing on the cake.

36 posted on 03/28/2012 5:20:48 PM PDT by Lady Heron
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To: Fred

A schmuck telling a putz what he can’t say. LOL


37 posted on 03/28/2012 5:24:11 PM PDT by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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