Reince  Priebus

In a recent Politico op-ed as detached from reality as her political views, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz wrote, “Come November, voters will have a choice between a Democratic Party trying to fix our nation’s problems and a Republican Party interested only in standing in our way.”

I’d like to know what Democratic Party she’s talking about. Because it’s certainly not the one that controls the White House and the U.S. Senate today. It’s certainly not the Democratic Party she belongs too.

If that party is “trying to fix our nation’s problems,” they clearly don’t know what they’re doing. Consider their record.

They took a healthcare system in need of reform and made it worse with ObamaCare. Their “Affordable Care Act” made healthcare more expensive. Premiums have been increasing since the law passed and are expected to spike—in some cases by double-digit percentages—in 2015, making life harder for families who already can’t make ends meet. Instead of giving Americans more choices, ObamaCare resulted in millions of Americans receiving health care insurance cancellation notices; it also has restricted families’ access to their preferred doctors.

Moreover, poll after poll shows more Americans disapprove of ObamaCare than approve of it. If Wasserman Schultz wants to criticize Republicans for opposing ObamaCare, then she’s criticizing us for standing with the American people. I’ll choose that side any day.

Let’s also look at jobs and the economy. How exactly are Democrats trying to “fix our nation’s problems” here? The Republican-led House of Representatives has passed over forty jobs bills. Forty. But the Democrat-controlled Senate won’t touch them. Harry Reid won’t even bring them up for a vote.

Jobs and the economy are Americans’ number one priority. According to Gallup, a majority of Americans—57 percent—say the economy is getting worse right now. Nineteen million of our fellow Americans are unemployed, are underemployed, or have given up looking for work. The percentage of Americans in the labor force is at a low not seen since the Carter presidency. It’s unacceptable that Harry Reid is letting jobs bills—including plans to build the Keystone Pipeline—gather dust at a time when Americans desperately need jobs.


Reince Priebus

Reince Priebus is chairman of the Republican National Committee.