Obama Urges Congress Show “Courage” On Health Care Repeal
Former President Fights For Obamacare
Former President Obama has come out of the shadows to join the controversial discussion about his signature health care plan. In his first public comments, he asked for Congress to demonstrate political courage.
This courage, of course, was asking for certain Republicans to stand against their party. Obama’s appearance came about as he arrived to accept the annual John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award at the JFK Library in Boston.
Obama gave a 30-minute acceptance speech.
Obama Tip-Toes Around Controversial Issue
During the speech, Obama managed to avoid partisan attacks and never mentioned President Trump. Obama then recalled members of Congress who voted to pass the ACA, but lost their seats in later elections.
“They had a chance to insure millions. But this vote could also cost them their seats, perhaps end their political careers,” said the former President. All in all, he made no direct reference to last Thursday’s vote.
“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.
Obama Speaks About “Courage”
“Referring to former President John F. Kennedy’s book on political courage, he noted that many members of Congress risked and ultimately lost their seats when they voted for Obamacare, which helped give rise to the conservative Tea Party movement.”
“As everyone here now knows, this great debate is not settled but continues,” Obama said. “And it is my fervent hope, and the hope of millions that, regardless of party, such courage is still possible.”
Courage to go against their constituents, and risk their seats? No wonder why they can’t figure out how they lost the last election.