Excerpted from The Washington Times: Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of health and human services, said to an NAACP crowd in Orlando, Fla., earlier this week that members ought to pursue implementation of the president’s signature health care reform, Obamacare, with the same furor they sought equal rights.
“Start spreading the word,” she said, as Newsmax reported. “Download tool kits and customize fliers to hang up at local businesses and restaurants and barbershops and beauty salons.”
Mrs. Sebelius called on the group — and specifically religious leaders — to help individuals in their respective communities understand how to best obtain coverage under President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“Few voices are more powerful than yours,” Mrs. Sebelius said, as Newsmax reported. “Those are the ones trust in communities.”
She also called on the group to approach Obamacare as if it were a civil right issue and to tap into that passion.
“You showed it early in the fight against lynching and discrimination,” Mrs. Sebelius said. “You showed it by showing inalienable rights are secured in the courtroom and at the ballot box. You showed it by supporting a health law 100 years in the making. Keep reading
(CNSNews.com) – Addressing the annual NAACP convention in Orlando, Fla., Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that opponents of Obamacare are the same kind of people who opposed civil rights legislation in the 1960s.
Her comments on Tuesday came one day before the Republican-led House votes to delay key provisions of the law.
“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.’ Keep reading