When the President's signature piece of legislation's rollout is quickly turning into a trainwreck, one can always count on this administration to resort to shameless pandering and race-baiting to sell it otherwise.
Head of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius (pictured) was at the annual NAACP convention in Orlando and made the following remarks on Tuesday.
"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.
"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.'
Sebelius then hailed the "voices of progress" that "we hear and honor this year," as people start signing up for mandatory health insurance on Oct. 1:
"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.
"So let us seize this moment. We can't slow down. We can't wait. We won't turn back. We move forward."
Good grief. Where to even start with this nonsense?
Well, how about here: when fighting fear and misinformation, it's always good to compare your political opposites to Jim Crow-loving segregationists. That's the politics of unity and a pitch-perfect example of that new civility we've been hearing so much about.
And We can't wait explains why the administration has decided to delay for a year 3 different key provisions of the law in direct violation of constitutional provisions to uphold the laws that are on the books. For a law that absolutely had to pass because, as claimed by the champions of the law, upwards of 40,000 people/year were dying because they didn't have health insurance, this would seem to be a particularly cruel and heartless way of implementing it.
Let's just call it the ObamaCare tease where tens of thousands of Americans anticipating the saving graces of the law, will meet their ultimate demise because of incompetence at the executive, legislative and bureaucratic levels. Hey, don't look at us that way - they have hoisted themselves atop their own fear-mongering petard.
And as a reminder to you young voters out there, especially those young healthy ones that do not necessarily need health insurance but will be forced to buy it any way: the man you probably voted for in 2012 and possibly as well in 2008, made it clear a couple of days ago that while he was cool with letting big business off the hook for the employer mandate, he would veto any legislation coming out of Congress that would suspend/delay implementation of individual mandate. Don't worry, he still (hearts) you for buying that bumper sticker and, of course, for your vote.