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.
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: