It seems that the Democrats have finally decided to just ditch everything they thought they knew in the past.
In an interview with ABC on the 23rd, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told host George Stephanopoulos that the Democrats were considering single-payer healthcare as a part of their new agenda. Keep in mind that this is something that Democrats have largely been against in the past.
Sen. Schumer then essentially criticized everything that his party has done for the last 20 years:
“Week after week, month after month, we’re going to roll out specific pieces here that are quite different from the Democratic Party you heard in the past. We were too cautious. We were too namby-pamby. This is sharp, bold, and will appeal to both the old Obama coalition … and the Democratic voters who deserted us for Trump.”
The Democrats have decided that simply running on the platform of opposing Trump wasn’t going to cut it anymore. The problem is that the platform that they ended up choosing, according to Schumer is not any better. It is contradictory to what the Democratic platform has been in the past and threatens the loss of a large portion of the Democrat support base.
It seems that single-payer healthcare is not the only contradictory platform issue that the Democrats are apparently willing to bring to the table and compromise on. According to Schumer:
“Sure, many things are on the table. Medicare for people above 55 is on the table. Buy into Medicare is on the table. Buy into Medicaid is on the table. On the broader issues, we will start examining them once we stabilize the system.”
I thought the Democratic Party was in shambles before this. Now it seems that they are dissolving their backbone even further and giving up on issues that have defined the party in the past.
It seems that the Democratic Party just went from ‘namby-pamby’ to wishy-washy. And I don’t think that is an improvement.