This is how a real president talks and acts.
During his acceptance speech at the John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage” awards on Sunday night, former President Obama spoke of “political courage,” focusing primarily on health care in America.
Obama’s remarks came in the wake of House Republicans passing the Trumpcare bill last week, a bill that would strip health care from millions of Americans and put thousands at risk of dying just because they wouldn’t be able to afford insurance or medical care under Trump’s plan.
Trump’s bill would repeal the Affordable Care Act, a law championed by President Obama in 2009 that extended health care coverage to over 20 million Americans who were previously unable to get coverage due to the expense or because they had a pre-existing condition.
The law has grown more popular over the years, especially in 2017 as Donald Trump continues his effort to repeal it. The law is even more popular than him among the American people right now.
For years, Republicans vilified the law by making false accusations and telling lies about it. They even took those lies and accusations and used them in the 2010 midterm elections to gain control of the House.
In other words, many Democrats lost their seats in Congress because they courageously voted to give health care to millions of the most vulnerable Americans in the country.
On Sunday, President Obama honored that courage.
“I’ve been thinking on this notion on political courage this weekend, in particular about some of the men and women who were elected to Congress the year I was elected to the White House,” Obama said. “Many of theme were new to Washington, had their entire careers ahead of them and in that very first term they had to take tough vote after tough vote because we were in crisis.”
Indeed, America was not only facing a health care crisis, we were in the middle of an economic crisis as well. But Obama focused his speech on the health care crisis because it is especially relevant today.
And then found themselves in the midst of a great debate — a debate that had been going on for decades … a debate about whether a nation as wealthy as the United States of America would finally make health care not a privilege, but a right for all Americans. These men and women did the right thing, they did the hard thing. Theirs was a profile in courage. Because of that vote, 20 million people got health insurance who didn’t have it, and most of them did lose their seats.”
The former president then took a jab at Republicans for being morally bankrupt cowards.
I hope that current members of Congress recall that it actually doesn’t take a lot of courage to aid those who are already powerful … but it does require some courage to champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm and those who often have no access to the corridors of power. I hope they understand that courage means not simply doing what is politically expedient, but doing what they believe deep in their hearts is right.”
Here’s the video via YouTube.
For eight years, Republicans repeatedly slandered and abused President Obama. Yet, he persisted and courageously led America and helped this country recover. The Affordable Care Act was part of that recovery and we are better for it.
But Republicans are still viciously targeting Obama’s legacy and they will continue doing so because they don’t have courage. They only have hate. And they don’t care how many millions suffer because of it.
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