Obama Goes Off Script and Drops A Truth Bomb On Selfish Republican Governors


President Obama went off script while speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus Awards Dinner Saturday evening and deployed a truth bomb on selfish Republicans.

While paying homage to the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, he said he was puzzled when certain governors decided to take a stand to make sure poor folks in their state can’t get health insurance even though it doesn’t cost that person a dime, adding one of the most salient political observations in the entire healthcare reform debate, “It’s easy to take a stand when you’ve got health insurance.”

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Speaking about the need to get more folks covered in the march forward toward the Great Society, the President said, “But we know our work is not yet done until we get into more communities, help more uninsured folks get covered, especially in those states where the governors aren’t being quite as cooperative as we’d like them to be. You know who you are. It always puzzles me when you decide to take a stand to make sure poor folks in your state can’t get health insurance even though it doesn’t cost you a dime. That doesn’t make much sense to me, but I won’t go on on that topic. We’ve got more work to do.”

“It’s easy to take a stand when you’ve got health insurance,” Obama said, earning appreciative laughter and applause. “I’m going off script now, but – — that’s what happens at the CBC.”

During his speech, the President detailed areas of progress in the push forward toward a Great Society. Obama deadpanned, “We’ve done some work on health care, too. I don’t know if you’ve noticed.”

Detailing some of the unsung success of his signature legislation, the President continued, “Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we’ve seen a 26 percent decline in the uninsured rate in America. African Americans have seen a 30 percent decline. And, by the way, the cost of health care isn’t going up as fast anymore either. Everybody was predicting this was all going to be so expensive. We’ve saved $800 billion — in Medicare because of the work that we’ve done — slowing the cost, improving quality, and improving access. Despite unyielding opposition, this change has happened just in the last couple years.”

When Obamacare is a beloved part of our social safety net like Social Security and Medicare, Republicans will pretend that they built that. But their years of hysterical obstruction to a policy built in part on their own idea will say otherwise.

To recap, “It’s easy to take a stand (against affordable health insurance) when you’ve got health insurance.”

Boom. This is what the pundits should have been pointing out from the beginning of this debate, and it’s something we’ve been going on about at Politicus for years. It’s all about the hierarchy of needs. It’s easy to get lost in the weeds when you are healthy and have insurance. And since most of the people in high profile media positions and elected officials have what is relatively excellent insurance, the point of view of the struggling American is hardly ever given a seat at the table.

The ACA looks quite different from the perspective of folks who had no insurance or were being screwed over by their insurance company prior to the changes imposed by the ACA. While Republicans fear-monger over the mere suggestion that they might have to change doctors and the press picks this up like it’s the End of the World, average Americans are dealing with things like how to pay for their loved one’s pain pills from their cancer.

The midterms are giving us a peek at campaigning Obama — the guy who could deliver a punch when he needed to, but only after being trolled publicly for so long that middle America knew the other person had it coming.

The lesson here? Republicans had this one coming. Why so selfish, Republican governors?

31 Replies to “Obama Goes Off Script and Drops A Truth Bomb On Selfish Republican Governors”

  1. I hear all the time that the President isn’t good at talking to Congress. Maybe because he tells them in subtle ways what jackasses they are – and they are.

  2. President Obama will be a hard act to follow. no matter how hard the republicans and the media tried to take him down.

  3. Remember the day after election, GOTP “elected officials” vowing to obstruct a newly elected president inorder to hurt Americans who stated their wishes in a fair election. They only care about their big donors who devise the GOP non-policy disorder. Republicans hate you and your kids. Smarten up .

  4. I’m not surprised rates have declined. That’s what I learned in my Economic class way back when. It’s supply and demand, and it’s not difficult to learn. When a new competitor enters a market, cost of any given commodity goes down.
    The other businesses, in order to compete and attract new customers. lower their prices. Prices only rise if there is supply, but demand is low. Demand is high, so priced are dropping. It’s called capitalism/ the free market, which the GOP claim to be champions of.

    Apparently, when the free market/capitalism involved a uppity n****r/muslim/socialist/marxise/communist/fascist/unpatriotic/weak/community organizer/Democrste whose trying to help the 99%, at the expense of the 1%, then the free market/capitalism takes a back seat.
    It’s not that the GOP are being selfish, it’s that they whore for the rich, especially the Koch Brothers, who want our country to be ignorant, underpaid, uneducated, idiots with no rights at all.

  5. If demand is high and supply is low, prices go up. If demand is low and supple is high, prices go down. If demand is high and supply is adequate, prices stabilize.

  6. It just really strikes me odd and SUPREMELY PERVERSE that on the web and cable TV there is a whole alternate reality for people in the TEA PARTY and the GOP. Basically there are made up news and pundits that lie and are hyper-critical of our president, and spend all of their time manufacturing scandals and fictional events for an ever growing audience of dumbazzes, racists and paranoids seeking to immerse themselves in a delusional reality that feeds their misplaced indignation. Freedom of speech has rarely been stretched this far…

  7. The GOP is on the ropes on every issue.why do people keep saying he won’t work with the Congress is because he knows how the Congress feels. He has proven time nad time again that he has tried .To keep wasting your time on ignorant people is not how you run a country.If the GOP wants to be the children in the room we can’t stop the world for them.This is one of the smartest men in Washington.He has very little help from his own party.Our party is not fighting for the accomplishments.

  8. Did Obama mention anything about “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor?” Typical libtard. Ignore the inconvenient facts.

  9. Typical dumbass republican who don’t understand how healthcare works. Your dumbass only go by what others tell you instead of researching it yourself. Oh I forgot being homeschooled didn’t teach you how to think

  10. Hey Mr. Allan L. Get your facts please.

    In general, you CAN keep your current health plan after 2015 if:
    • Your private plan has grandfathered status and remains unchanged by the provider.
    • You have a non-grandfathered private plan that meets the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (listed below).
    • You have Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE or another form of Public health care.

  11. Shiva, people couldn’t keep plans that did not meet the minimum standards of coverage. When the President said, “If you like your plan, you can keep it,” he obviously didn’t anticipate some people, so blinded by hatred and/or ideology, complaining that they WANT to pay more money for less quality coverage.

  12. The insurance companies that said couldn’t keep their health plan were companies that did not legally have the new pre-existing clause in it. The same insurance companies had to then make that part of their plans and let their insured people have the same insurance but with changes that might have had to charge a little more but you had the option of keeping your insurance or going elsewhere at Open Enrollment. Of course the GOP made a whole to do about it as usual and people did not research the rest of the letter they received. My son received one of these letter from his plan but you had to read past the line “your insurance has been canceled.” I believe after that top sentence issue the companies sent out another set of letters explaining what was meant by “canceled” You have to be very specific when it comes to benefits. They make it very difficult for everyday people to understand. That was the problem with ACA. It was not explained right from the beginning.

  13. I had one of those ‘shit’ plans through my job-they tweaked it just enough to pass the standards but it’s still a shit plan that is just about usless unless it’s a major illness. it will keep you afloat, but just barely and it’ll still cost a small fortune before it kicks in. as for keeping your Dr.-most of the time you can, but you ran the same risk whenever you changed jobs. for what i pay, if i had to get it through an exchange, i could get a gold BCBS plan for slightly less that has all the bells/whistles. my advice to you-get a grip, your 2 arguments are bull shit. if your old plan didn’t make it, it was a crap plan-if your Dr doesn’t take it he’s an ass who forgot why he got in to medicine or got in it for the wrong reasons.

  14. let those morons who keep voting for republicans suffer for their stupidity. too bad that some of us will have to suffer too.

  15. No Terry, speculators create demand. Supply and demand hasn’t been a driving force in an economy since capitalization was the word of the day. That is why capitalization is so held in high esteem by those with power.

  16. Amazing. So if no one purchased a product it would still be manufactured and spectulators would buy it? I had no idea.

  17. I can’t wait for that book Obama is going to write when he leaves office. Ha! It’s going to be a best seller,,,He will be taken off his “kind” gloves and slapping the Dolts in Congress who opposed him every step of the way, on the ACA (a/k/a Obamacare) and a bunch of other things. Naming names and bitch-slapping every pundit, Governor, Congressman (McCain and his busom buddy Lindseeey!), Senators and even A-Holes in the media like: Hannity, O’Reilly, Krautheimer, John Savage, Limbaugh, Sara Palin, ( I hope he is merciless with her and Hannity),and all the Talk radio haters. Plus the SCOTUS. Choice words for them ( He can’t publicly say how he feels about them right now, but I have a feeling he will be scathing). And I sure he will salute ALL the Americans who stood up with him (Got his back, through thick and thin) Know what I mean? So, Payback is coming—-In his own words. The DO nothing Congress and McConnel will be the villians, and….Why not? They made his life miserable…

  18. I rather wish Obama would do that too, but I don’t think he will. I’m afraid the man is just too much of a gentleman to really get down and dirty like that. Kinda too bad – it would be a fantastic read all right – but I have to admire our President for being one he’ll of a Class Act.

    Too bad there are so many ignorant thugs around these days who can’t tell the difference between class and cowardice.

  19. If Romney had been President and he implemented ACA he would be praised, but then he would have put in caveats that no one with a pre-existing condition could get the benefit and you can bet your bottom dollar that his “legal wife” would have been at Bethesda getting treatment for her MS…a PRE-EXISTING condition!

  20. I suggest you look closer to the gop members of our legislative branch and try to tell us with true honesty that they are subtle.

    Broun of GA is disgusting along with the rest of them. I’ve called a few of them and told their staffers that their bosses not only insult the President, but also the majority of the American Voters who elected him twice, and our Constitution, and he/she should be ashamed don’t deserve to be in the office they are in.

    Those are the facts.

  21. Hey Allan, that boat has sailed. Your puppet masters have got to get you some new crap to send out. You’re on the side that hates everyone but old white men. Due to gerrymandered districts 2014 will still favor your side, but then what will you do in 2016? Demographics will hurt you big time. Your final days are upon you.

  22. OH BOY!! I’d give ANYthing if he’d write that book! I would buy it and read it over and over again!! But I’m with Suzanne Moore on this one. I think he IS too much a kind gentleman to do it…as much as I’d love him to! LOL! It would be the read of the century!

  23. “the Repugs only opposes authoritarianism when it emanates from Federal authority. Authoritarianism on the State level is just fine. The essence of their plan isn’t the abolition of authoritarian power but its transfer from the Federal Government to State Governments.”

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