Schumer Predicts Health Care Popularity

Posted March 28, 2010 at 10:39am

Former Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.) predicted on Sunday that “yea” votes on the recent health care reform bill will not be a political liability for Democrats in the November midterms.

“As people learn about the bill, it’s going to be more and more popular. By November, those who voted for health care will find it an asset, those who voted against it will find it a liability,” Schumer said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “As people learn what’s actually in the bill, six months from now at election time this will be a plus because the parade of horribles — particularly the worry that the average middle-class has that this will affect them negatively — will have vanished and they’ll see that this will affect them positively.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) took Schumer’s wager on Sunday, calling the bill a “house of cards” and “a Ponzi scheme of the first order.” But the Palmetto State lawmaker also told host David Gregory that GOP messaging on health care will be successful “only if you replace it.”

“It’s going to blow up the deficit, it’s going to affect every business and family in this country and it was done by one-party rule and it was a shame we had to go down this road,” Graham said. “I look forward to a contest in November about whether this health care bill is a real fix or a phony political document trying to grow the government.”