CHALLENGE AND COUNTER-CHALLENGE

On Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer managed to get himself two interesting interviews today (see GOP: We Owe It to People to Repeal Health Care). First, Bob Schieffer interviewed Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (see GOP Leader Concentrating on Reducing Spending). Next he interviewed House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (see Clyburn: Health Care is a Citizen’s Right). Although McConnell danced around a bit on some issues, he made it plain that he will lead the charge to repeal (and replace) Obamacare. Clyburn, on the other hand, made it equally clear that he will fight to defend Obamacare.

“I think that those people who are saying those things are really flying in the face of history,” Clyburn said. “The Democrats lost [their] place in the South because of the Voting Rights Act of 1965,” Clyburn recalled. “I remember [former Republican Senator] Strom Thurmond going back to Washington after 1968, saying, ‘We are going to repeal the Voting Rights Act.'”

And, Clyburn so much as dared the Republicans to try.

“I would like to see which one of those Republicans would propose that we take away a person’s family’s right to have their child [who’s] born with diabetes come off their insurance policies,” Clyburn said. (from here)

What Clyburn did is preach the “right” to government funded health care. What McConnell failed to do is show that no such right exists. Unless the opponents of socialism make it plain that Obamacare is socialism and that socialism is detrimental to our health, we will not be able to repeal Obamacare.

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