Last week, the GOP somehow got the House to narrowly pass its dastardly healthcare reform bill, which will cause 24 million Americans to lose their insurance and allow providers to discriminate based on pre-existing conditions like sexual assault.
This healthcare nightmare isn’t a reality just yet, as the bill now moves to the Senate for another heated debate — and even Obama himself is joining the conversation.
While the former president hasn’t remarked on a policy matter since he left office, he couldn’t help but put a spotlight on the partisan issue during his Sunday speech at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in Boston.
After receiving the 2017 JFK Profile in Courage Award, Obama called on legislators who have the courage to “champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm.”
Speaking on his own fight with pushing the Affordable Care Act through congress during his early years as president, the 55-year-old noted that “courage does not always mean doing what is politically expedient, but what they believe deep in their hearts is right.”
While he didn’t explicitly mention the shitstorm that was last week’s health care vote, he praised the courage of the congressmen and congresswomen who risked their political futures to pass the ACA, sharing:
“They had a chance to insure millions. This same vote would likely cost them their new seats and perhaps end their political careers. And these men and women did the right thing, the hard thing, and theirs was a profile in courage.”
As the healthcare reform bill faces another legislative fight, Obama tried to appeal to lawmakers to do the right thing a second time, adding:
“This great debate is not settled, but continues, and it is my fervent hope and hope of millions that regardless of party, such courage is still possible.”
It’s amazing this man still occasionally resurfaces to remind us how a real world leader acts. We were starting to forget what that looked like with Muppet Baby Dictator and his rich friends literally celebrating taking away our insurance. Ugh.
Watch the former President’s full speech (below)!
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