Obamacare and the civil rights of minorities: Two peas in a pod

Obama race card cartoon

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 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.


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