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Obama compares health reform struggles to civil rights movement
Washington Examiner ^ | 12/4/2013 | MEGHASHYAM MALI

Posted on 12/04/2013 1:05:04 PM PST by markomalley

President Obama on Wednesday compared the challenges of health care reform to the civil rights movement as he urged young people to do “whatever they can” to help boost enrollment in Obamacare.

In an address to a youth summit hosted at the White House, Obama urged young supporters to not get “discouraged” amid the health care law's rocky rollout and with polls showing declining support for the president's signature achievement.

“Stuff that's worth it is always hard. The civil rights movement was hard. Getting women the right to vote, that was hard. Making sure that workers had the right to organize, that was hard,” said the president.

The rollout of Obamacare has been plagued with troubles, topped by a glitch-ridden healthcare.gov website and millions of Americans being dropped from current plans because of new regulations.

The White House and congressional Democrats have launched a three-week campaign to boost enrollment ahead of the Dec. 23 deadline for receiving insurance coverage at Jan. 1.

The administration says that a “tech surge” has fixed the website and that the vast majority of visitors now experience a smooth registration. But insurers and tech experts say numerous problems exist with the back end of the website.

The rollout has led to Obama sinking to new lows in his approval rating and surveys show young people are losing faith in the health care law. A poll Wednesday from Harvard University's Institute of Politics found that 57 percent of young people disapprove of Obamacare.

For the law to succeed, the administration must convince large numbers of young, healthy adults to sign up to help keep premiums low for all consumers.

The president on Wednesday called on young people to help sign up their friends and family.

“I’m going to need you all to spread the word about how the Affordable Care Act really works,” said Obama.

“For your friends and family, the most important source of information is not going to be me, its going to be you. They are going to trust you if you are taking them to the website, walking them through it, saying look at the price you are able to get, look at the benefits you are able to get,” he added. “That’s what is going to be making a difference.”

“Do whatever you can to help make sure people have the information they need,” urged the president.

Obama also took a shot at his critics, and said that Republicans who oppose the law have yet to provide their own solutions for providing coverage and keeping costs down. He also blasted groups which have launched high-profile campaigns urging the public not to sign up for Obamacare.

“There are actually organizations out there working to convince people not to get health insurance,” said Obama. “That’s a really bizarre way to spend your money, to convince people not to get health insurance.

“If I had that much money I wouldn’t be spending it that way,” he continued.

“Remind your friends and your peers to imagine what happens if you get sick,” said Obama. “The people who run those ads, they aren’t going to pay for your illness.”

Obama said that while the rollout wasn’t done in “tip-top shape,” the administration has been working to fix the problems with the website.

“There will be other things that come up over the course of the next several months because you are starting off a new program that has a big impact on one-sixth of the economy,” he said.

But Obama repeated his vow that “we are not repealing it as long as I’m president.”


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So does that mean that you're racist if you don't support Obamacare? Or does it mean that that they are going to start rioting and burning down the inner cities if they can't get overpriced insurance?

Help me out here, folks...

1 posted on 12/04/2013 1:05:04 PM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Has he compared himself to Dr. King yet?


2 posted on 12/04/2013 1:06:33 PM PST by Antihero101607
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To: markomalley

I like to compare ObamaCare to a bowel movement. You have to pass it to find out what’s in it.


3 posted on 12/04/2013 1:07:46 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (If you think signing up for ObamaCare was fun, wait until you try to use it.)
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To: markomalley

He thinks he’s the new Jessee Jackson.


4 posted on 12/04/2013 1:10:53 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: markomalley
"Expressing opposition to EnslavementCare is the same thing as lynching a Trayvon."
5 posted on 12/04/2013 1:11:37 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: markomalley

Destroying Liberty is hard.


6 posted on 12/04/2013 1:11:52 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: markomalley
these communists/democrats like Obama mean to enslave us

and are using all kinds of bs to do so (with the help of the news media)

and we sit here taking it

7 posted on 12/04/2013 1:11:53 PM PST by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: markomalley

He is throwing the entire black population of the USA under the Obama-Bus.


8 posted on 12/04/2013 1:12:29 PM PST by Iron Munro (Orwell: There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.)
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To: markomalley

We need to do all we can to TRASH OBAMACARE with everyone we know!


9 posted on 12/04/2013 1:13:54 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: markomalley

This is what Charles Krauthammer was talking about the other day: Obama getting carried away/impressing only himself and Carolyn Maloney with his high-blown rhetoric.
It’s something like the episode whrre Barney Fife fancied himself the fourth tenor. Even the choir is rebelling. Even thinking Gomer Biden’s basso profundo would be better?


10 posted on 12/04/2013 1:14:23 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: markomalley
The pro-choice crowd is in a quandary..


11 posted on 12/04/2013 1:15:24 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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To: markomalley

“There will be other things that come up over the course of the next several months because you are starting off a new program that has a big impact on one-sixth of the economy,” he said.

No Barkey it’s going to destroy one sixth if the economy.


12 posted on 12/04/2013 1:16:07 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: markomalley

He’s absolutely right. ObamaCare is very much a civil rights issue - forcing free individuals to buy what they don’t want is clearly a violation of their fundamental rights.


13 posted on 12/04/2013 1:16:56 PM PST by jdege
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To: markomalley

The WH racist is a fraud and POS.


14 posted on 12/04/2013 1:19:10 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: markomalley

Up next:
“Toilet paper justice is the civil rights issue of our time! Everyone must have affordable access to Charmin Ultra Soft!”


15 posted on 12/04/2013 1:19:35 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Antihero101607
He did say he was conceived in Selma
16 posted on 12/04/2013 1:20:11 PM PST by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

More like a kidney stone. You still have to pass it to find out what is in it, but there is a lot of pain and discomfort in the process.


17 posted on 12/04/2013 1:20:45 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: dblshot
So, that was his mama... ;-)
18 posted on 12/04/2013 1:22:02 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: markomalley

“But Obama repeated his vow that “we are not repealing it as long as I’m president.”

THAT needs to be fixed ASAP.


19 posted on 12/04/2013 1:41:44 PM PST by Gator113 ( Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin and Mike Lee speak for me, most everyone else is just noise.)
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To: Antihero101607; cyn; Yehuda; hal ogen; 444Flyer; left that other site; onyx; Bluebird Singing
Has he compared himself to Dr. King yet?

>>>The rollout of Obamacare has been plagued with troubles...<<<

Just like on any MLK Blvd.

He presents Obamacare as the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night... guideposts set in place by Obama himself to lead the people out of the House of Bondage (America the Good, America the Beautiful) and into the ObamacomPromised Land of deceit, depravity, and death.


AMaLeK as Moses

Deut 25

17. Remember what Amalek did to you by the way, when you came forth out of Egypt:
18. How he met you by the way, and struck at your rear, all who were feeble behind you, when you were faint and weary; and he did not fear God:
19. Therefore it shall be, when the Lord your God has given you rest from all your enemies around, in the land which the Lord your God gives you for an inheritance to possess, that you shall blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; you shall not forget it:

Obamacare is an attack on the sick, feeble, weak, weary, and demoralized. Obama is the modern incarnation of Amalek. He is the wicked, narcissistic, vindictive Haman of our times who is plotting to wipe out the remnant of not only the House of Judah, but especially of the House of Joseph.

Taking the analogy further, Obamacare would be the gallows by which all the sons of Barack will meet their fate. :)

20 posted on 12/04/2013 1:46:35 PM PST by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: Antihero101607
Has he compared himself to Dr. King yet?

Good Grief. Obama Compares Himself to Lincoln, Reagan, FDR and Now Martin Luther King Jr.

21 posted on 12/04/2013 6:30:20 PM PST by Washi
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To: Ezekiel

// Obamacare is an attack on the sick, feeble, weak, weary, and demoralized. Obama is the modern incarnation of Amalek. He is the wicked, narcissistic, vindictive Haman of our times who is plotting to wipe out the remnant of not only the House of Judah, but especially of the House of Joseph. //


This. Absolutely! Absolutely evil.


22 posted on 12/05/2013 8:53:44 AM PST by cyn (Benghazi.)
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