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Democrats Erred by Acting on Health Care in 2010, Schumer Says

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) arrives for a briefing by military and intelligence officials for members of the U.S. Senate on the White House strategy to combat the Islamic State September 11, 2014 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) arrives for a briefing by military and intelligence officials for members of the U.S. Senate on the White House strategy to combat the Islamic State September 11, 2014 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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Democrats made a mistake by passing President Barack Obama’s health-care law in 2010 instead of first focusing more directly on helping the middle class, third-ranking U.S. Senate Democrat Charles Schumer said today.

“Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them” in electing Obama and a Democratic Congress in 2008 amid a recession, Schumer of New York said in a speech in Washington. “We took their mandate and put all our focus on the wrong problem -- health care reform.”