Former President Barack Obama said in a speech Wednesday that it was “frustrating” and “aggravating” to have to mobilize to defend Obamacare from those who would inflict “real human suffering” on Americans.
What did he say exactly?
“Better is good,” he said to the crowd, who laughed. “You laugh but sometimes people forget that. I will take better every time. So that’s what’s needed today — the engagement of everyone who wants to see a better future for our children.
“Those of you who live in countries that already have universal health care are trying to figure out what’s the controversy here. I am too,” he joked.
“The legislation that we passed was full of things that still needed to be fixed,” he said later in his speech, “it wasn’t perfect. But it was better, and so when I see people trying to undo that hard-won progress for the 50th or 60th time, with bills that would raise costs or reduce coverage, or roll back protections for older Americans, or people with pre-existing conditions, the cancer survivor, the expecting mom or the child with autism, or asthma, for whom coverage once again would be almost unobtainable, it is aggravating.”
“And all this being done without any demonstrable economic or actuarial or plain common sense rationale,” he added, “it frustrates.
“And it’s certainly frustrating to have to mobilize every few months to keep our leaders from inflicting real human suffering on our constituents,” he concluded.
“But typically, that’s how progress is won, and how progress is maintained on every issue,” he explained. “We have to stand up for each other, recognize that progress is never inevitable.”
Here’s the video of Obama’s comments:
Why is this important?
Obama’s attitude in this speech is typical of how he approaches political problems — he simply thinks that those who oppose him have no rationale to do so. While many blame the right for the current atmosphere of rancor and divisiveness, this is yet another example of how Obama and his allies encouraged division by making it appear as if his political opponents were simply immoral.