Referencing the numerous Republican attempts to repeal Obamacare over the last several years, Lewis said: “Just reminds me of another period in our history. Not so long ago during the 50s, many Southern senators signed a Southern Manifesto after the Supreme Court decision of 1954. And those senators — along with many Southern governors — subscribed to the doctrine of interposition and notification and some even massive resistance.”
“That’s what we saw on the part of the Republican members of the House and some of the Republicans in the Senate,” he said of GOP attempts to defund Obamacare.
Ironically, while Lewis used the Southern Manifesto — which was in opposition to integration — to attack Republicans, 97 of the 99 politicians who signed it in 1956 were Democrats.
Speaking about Obamacare Tuesday, Lewis said that he believes “health care is the right and not a privilege.”
“The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land,” Lewis said. “It was passed by the Congress, signed into law by the president of the United States and upheld by the United States Supreme Court. There have been more than 40 attempts to repeal the act and it did not succeed. By attempting to repeal it, members of this body, members on the other side of the aisle, closed down this and threatened the economy for the united states, costing us more than $24 billion.”First of all, John Lewis, I'm sick of hearing this "it's the law of the land" crap. Obamacare is not affordable, and it's a bad law. You know what else was the law of the land in this country? Slavery was, as was segregation, denying women the right to vote, and prohibition. That's the great thing about our Constitution, a bad law can be changed.
I would say, "shame on you" Rep. Lewis, but you have no shame. Those of us who were at the Capitol building to protest the Unaffordable Care Act being jammed down our throats in a partisan manner will never forget how you slandered us as allegedly yelling racial slurs at you.
You lied then, Rep. Lewis and you're lying now. You shamelessly using the horrible experience you had during the civil right movement of being beaten to make you as some unimpeachable expert about racism or excuse you slandering those who dissent as racists. It doesn't work that way, just as John McCain's horrible experience as a POW at the Hanoi Hilton doesn't excuse his treason of posing with jihadi kidnappers in Syria.