Obama mocks GOP congressional hopeful for comparing Obamacare to slavery

President Obama gave a great speech this morning in Largo, Maryland about how desperate Republicans are to shut down Obamacare before people actually like it.  He really was at his best in this speech.

It’s the old Obama we all loved during the 2008 campaign.

He then mentioned New Hampshire GOP congressional candidate Bill O’Brien who when talking about Obamacare invoked slavery.

"They have made such a big political issue out of this, trying to scare everybody with lies about death panels, killing granny, armageddon. If it actually works, that'll look pretty bad."

“They have made such a big political issue out of this, trying to scare everybody with lies about death panels, killing granny, armageddon. If it actually works, that’ll look pretty bad.”

From Granite State Progress via YouTube:

NH Congressional candidate and former NH Speaker Bill O’Brien compared the Affordable Care Act expanding health coverage to the Fugitive Slave Act condoning human slavery during a Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity event in Concord, New Hampshire on August 1, 2013.

O’Brien made his remarks while at the foot of a memorial statue honoring the first anti-slavery US Senator, the famous abolitionist John Parker Hale. In fact, Hale was one of only four US Senators in 1850 to vote against the Fugitive Slave Act.

Transcript of Congressional candidate and former Speaker Bill O’Brien’s remarks: “And what is Obamacare? It is a law as destructive to personal and individual liberty as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 that allowed slave owners to come to New Hampshire and seize African Americans and use the federal courts to take them back to federal… to slave states.”

AFP’s event is part of a national conservative campaign to actively discourage people from gaining quality, affordable health care; the campaign will specifically target young adult men to encourage them to skip health coverage. While actual consumer health advocates are looking for ways to get more people covered, groups like Americans for Prosperity and politicians like Bill O’Brien are trying to come between people and their doctors and make health access as burdensome as possible, all so that they can use health reform as a political wedge issue in the next election.

Here’s the GOP’s O’Brien going off about slavery:

And here’s Obama mocking O’Brien, and other Republicans, for being afraid that health care reform might just work:


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  • Bill_Perdue

    Another DNC type who confuses political comment with ‘crack ass’.

    Obama’s fraud Obamacare is not health care reform, it’s a gift from political prostitutes to the owners of insurance, health care and pharmaceutical corporations. Consumers are required to use these for-profit dinosaurs who will provide the cheapest care they can and who will let people die because that’s cheaper than paying a lawsuit in many cases. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

    We need real health care reform, and that’s socialized medicine. Instead Obamacare is a criminal attack on medical care for working people. After promising the public option, Obama sabotaged health care and the public option after getting over $20 million in bribes from Big Pharma, insurance companies and HMOs. “A new figure, based on an exclusive analysis created for Raw Story by the Center for Responsive Politics, shows that President Obama received a staggering $20,175,303 from the healthcare industry during the 2008 election cycle, nearly three times the amount of his presidential rival John McCain. McCain took in $7,758,289, the Center found.

    http://www.commondreams.org/he

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?…

    Congressional criminals also raked in millions. “”Senator Max Baucus, A Leading Architect of Health Care Reform, Received More Industry Contributions Than Any Other Congressional
    Candidate WASHINGTON, DC — Health insurers and drug companies gave a combined $6.1 million to the top ten recipients in each house of Congress since 2005, according to a study released today by the non-profit Consumer Watchdog. Health insurers contributed $2.7 million to the top ten members in each house, while pharmaceutical companies contributed $3.4 million to the top ten members of each. The two industries donated a combined $26.2 million in campaign
    contributions to the current members of the 111th Congress. The Center for Responsive Politics compiled federal campaign contribution data for use in this analysis”.http://www.consumerwatchdog.or

    Here’s a list of some of the other Congressional prostitutes whose votes followed massive ‘campaign contributions’.

    http://www.consumerwatchdog.or

    This dirty deed was, as expected, done behind closed doors. “The Los Angeles Times published a story revealing that the Obama White House was refusing to release records of meetings it had allegedly held with 18 private health care industry executives (the number ended up being 15). Later in the day, CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security seeking to obtain those records.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

  • ArthurH

    Normally I don’t criticize other posters but the above statements by Bill Perdue are so crack-ass crazy I have to respond. I’ve been purchasing my own healthcare insurance for over 15 years and I’ve seen every trick in the book pulled by the insurance firms. This included a sudden surcharge on my monthly bill the firm said was for services mandated by the federal government not expecting I’d go back to the federal agency they mentioned, find out they were lying, and presented them with the truth. They reduced my bill, but at renewal time they nearly tripled my bill and continued to make withdrawals from my checking account for four months after I cancelled. Another firm denied payment for a colonoscopy on grounds that it was an elective as I had no signs I might have cancer of the colon before getting one. I got stuck with over $5,000 in charges. But since ACA was enacted, I’ve already received to refund checks under the rule that insurance firms must spend a minimum 80% premiums on health services. And in checking what insurance firms will charge in the ACA exchange in my area, I find that with competition I can get the same coverage I’m getting now for $124 less per month. Of course, the rates the insurance firms charge on the exchanges are approved by a state agency. So far, so good. By the way, Bill, who buys your health insurance? Or are you one of those guys who want to slide until they get to the emergency room?

  • MoonDragon

    If I remember my elementary and junior high history classes, the Fugitive Slave Act meant slave holders could pursue and reclaim runaway slave anywhere in the country. If one escaped slavery and it’s onerous working conditions, one’s previous owner could re-enslave an individual and forcde said individual to work again in onerous conditions. Today, some employers keep people working in onerous conditions because the individuals are reliant on the employer provided health care. The ACA, to a degree, allows employees to escape onerous conditions and remain free by providing an option (would that it included a public option or single payer) to acquire health care without an employment contract. Seems ACA and FSA achieve much different ends.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Democrats lack context.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Edited to make it easier for DNC folks to read.

  • Jake Stevens

    Don’t you know Obamacare is being funded by stealing money from the pope?

  • Putney

    O’Brien is thankfully no longer a candidate for Congress. He withdrew after getting a job in Massachusetts and having dismally low fundraising numbers. New Hampshire and the nation will be a better place with O’Brien out of government.

  • Just an elbow

    The Pope is buying me health insurance?

    I’m confused.

  • Bill_Perdue

    He’s wrong, and like all Republicans, he misses the point. Obamacare isn’t slavery, it’s fraud.

    It’s based on political bribery and corruption in the WH and Congress and is designed to make insurance companies, HMO’s and pharmaceutical giants ever richer at the expense of working pope.

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