At least that’s what HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius claimed in her speech at the NAACP convention this week. In an amazing coincidence of timing—her statement came just a few days following the not-guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case—Sebelius told the audience that opposition to Obamacare was equal to those who opposed the Civil Rights laws passed in the 1960s.
“The Affordable Care Act is the most powerful law for reducing health disparities since Medicare and Medicaid were created in 1965, the same year the Voting Rights Act was also enacted,” Sebelius said. “That significance hits especially close to home. My father was a congressman from Cincinnati who voted for each of those critical civil rights laws, and who represented a district near where the late Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth lived and preached.
“The same arguments against change, the same fear and misinformation that opponents used then are the same ones opponents are spreading now. ‘This won’t work,’ ‘Slow down,’ ‘Let’s wait,’ they say.
“But history shows that upholding our founding principles demands continuous work toward a more perfect union…And it requires the kind of work that the NAACP has done for more than a century to move us forward.
“You showed it in the fight against lynching and the fight for desegregation. You showed it by ensuring inalienable rights are secured in the courtroom and at the ballot box. And you showed it by supporting a health law 100 years in the making.
Yeah, lynching and segregation are exactly the same thing as government-run healthcare.
Of course, making the case that opposition to Obamacare is racist is a new tactic. After all, everything about Obama and his policies comes down to the color of his skin:
- “I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of twelve or thirteen” because she was white..” – Barack Obama Dreams From My Father
- “Did I mention that he’s black” – Obama during a FL fundraiser mocking Republicans in 2007
- “You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.” – Jesse Jackson during Obamacare debate
- Obama — a “light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one” – Harry Reid from his book (Game Changer)
- “In things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be… essentially a nation of cowards.” – Eric Holder speech
- Obstructing Obamacare is equivalent to obstructing the abolition of slavery according to Harry Reid
- Calling Obama a liar will bring back the KKK according to Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)
- Race a key component in TEA Party protests – Barack Obama (US News article)
- “This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him, both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.” – Eric Holder in the Fast and Furious Investigation
- “What Issa just showed us is that no matter what our stature in this world, someone can easily try to put us (blacks) in our place.” – Al Sharpton commenting on Eric Holder and Fast and Furious
- “If I had son, he’d look like Trayvon” – Barack Obama on the Trayvon Martin death
I could document many more examples, but you get the point.
Obama has presided over one of the worst economies in American history and has promoted policies that made it worse. All the while, he continues to display an attitude of indifference—or ignorance—that serves to confirm to the average American that he doesn’t care. This has led to a rising tide of disapproval of his presidency and his policies.
Which, of course, means you’re a racist.
What others have said:
- Sebelius: Opposing ObamaCare is like opposing civil rights in 1964, or something – HotAir.com
- Sebelius to NAACP: Obamacare Opponents Remind Me of Segregationists – Townhall.com
- Sebelius: Obamacare is Like the Fight for Civil Rights – Newsmax.com
- Sebelius tells NAACP Obamacare opponents like white racists who opposed civil rights – American Thinker
- Obamacare and the civil rights of minorities: Two peas in a pod – RedState/StridentConservative