Sen. Schumer Says Obamacare Partly Responsible for Higher Costs, Then Retracts
In an interview with an NBC affiliate Thursday, Senator Chuck Schumer said the Affordable Care Act was partly responsible for increased insurance rates. Friday, after his comments spread online, he walked back the statement.
The report from WHEC in Rochester, NY focused on claims that the Affordable Care Act could add an additional 10% to health insurance costs next year. For reaction, they interviewed Sen. Schumer and Rep. Louise Slaughter:
Sen. Schumer said that rates could go "through the roof." He was asked by the interviewer "Is it because of Obamacare?" Schumer responded "It's in part because of Obamacare but healthcare costs have been going up in double digits for years and years."
Friday, Sen. Schumer's spokesperson, Brian Fallon, told Talking Points Memo, a left-leaning website, "That's not what he meant." Schumer also gave TPM an exclusive statement, "The rise in healthcare premiums is market-driven and predates Obamacare...The fact is, the law is already working to significantly slow that rise, and ensure a higher quality of care to boot."