Former Obama Aides Bash Schumer For Second-Guessing Obama On Obamacare

AP

Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) remarks Tuesday that Democrats erred by passing Obamacare in 2010 before the economy was fixed did not sit well with Obamaworld.

“Unfortunately, Democrats lost the opportunity the American people gave
them. We took their mandate and put all of our focus on the wrong
problem — health care reform,” the No. 3 Senate Democrat said at the National Press Club, arguing that his party should have focused on middle class woes at the time instead. He added: “It has been reported that only a third of the uninsured are even registered to vote.”

Former aides to President Barack Obama took to Twitter to knock Schumer.

Tommy Vietor, Obama’s former National Security Council spokesman, kicked things off:

Jon Favreau, a former Obama speechwriter, chimed in:

…And swatted away criticisms:

Jon Lovett, another former Obama speechwriter, also joined the conversation with what he preemptively called a “rant.”

The tweets prompted Dan Pfeiffer, currently senior adviser to Obama, to also weigh in:

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