“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 in her speech Tuesday. “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,” Sebelius said. “But history shows that upholding our founding principles demands continuous work toward a more perfect union.
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,” she said. “With each step forward, you said to forces of the status quo, ‘this will work,’ ‘we can’t slow down,’ ‘we can’t wait,’ ‘we won’t turn back.’”
And those voices of progress form the echo we hear and honor this year. They echo from church bells rung at midnight 150 years ago to educate our nation of a people’s emancipation. They echo from a speech on our nation’s mall 50 years ago next month about the promise of our nation’s dream. And they still echo and guide us today in a second term of a historic presidency.”HOLY COW...Emancipation? Obamacare is like the Emancipation Proclamation? Like Lynching and the fight for desegregation? This will work,’ ‘we can’t slow down,’ ‘we can’t wait,’ ‘we won’t turn back'?
First of all when you use the civil rights terms inappropriately the effect is watered down...just as when the terms Nazi and Holocaust out of context are wrong. These terms should ONLY be used in extreme cases to match the extreme brutality of the segregation days.
The majority of this country is against Obamacare, does that mean the majority Americans are brutally racist?
Ms. Sebelius implies that the bills opponents are trying to slow down the implementation just like the segregationists tried to slow down integration. Last time I checked it was her boss who delayed the corporate mandate for a year (the rest of us are trying to kill it).
This kind of racial pandering would be horrid at anytime, but coming at a time when African-Americans are demonstrating in the streets thanks to incitement by the NCAA and supposed leaders like Al Sharpton--it was an even more disgusting example of pandering.
This is what our "Post-Racial Presidency" has brought us---more racism!