Over the weekend, former President Obama accepted the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award at the JFK presidential library in Boston. During his half-hour speech, he talked about the Affordable Care Act and how there were several legislators who lost their seats as a result of ‘doing the right thing’ in voting for the monstrosity of a bill.
Then, he called on the GOP – without actually mentioning them – to do the right thing on the healthcare overhaul bill, regardless of what political party they belong to. From the AP:
The former president recalled members of Congress who voted to pass the ACA during his presidency, only to lose their seat in later elections.
“They had a chance to insure millions,” he said. “But this vote could also cost them their seats, perhaps end their political careers.”
Obama made no direct reference to Thursday’s House vote to dismantle much of the health care law, but declared that while it did not take courage to help the rich and powerful, it does require courage to help the sick and vulnerable.
“It is my fervent hope and the hope of millions … such courage is still possible, that today’s members of Congress regardless of party are willing to look at the facts and speak the truth, even when it contradicts party positions,” said Obama, whose appeal seemed to focus on wavering Republicans.
We obviously have different perspectives on what constitutes ‘courage.’ To me and probably most conservatives, voting for Obamacare was a very establishment-friendly thing to do, especially for Democrats. Anything that gives the government more power, authority, oversight, and regulatory controls is run-of-the-mill for most politicians. It’s not ‘courage.’
Courage would be a Democrat voting against that bill, foreseeing all the damage it would create.
The other thing is that while Obama characterized his signature legislation as doing the ‘courageous’ thing and helping to take care of the sick and vulnerable, he didn’t mention the boon it was for many in the insurance industry. Talk about helping those who are already rich.