Louisiana State Senator Karen Carter Peterson took to the floor earlier this week to explain to everyone the real reason people are opposed to Obamacare and specifically the Medicaid expansion provision:
“…[I]t shouldn’t be about this administration at the state level, nor should it be about the federal administration when it comes to Obamacare. But in fact it is. And why is that? Why is that? I have talked to so many members in the House and the Senate, and you know what? You ready? You ready [for] what it comes down to? It’s not about how many federal dollars we can receive. It’s not about that. You ready? It’s about race. No, nobody wants to talk about that. It’s about the race of this African-American president, because this same thing has been offered by whom? By former Speaker Newt Gingrich in the past. Yeah, he had a similar bill to what President Obama has offered. Similar legislation was offered. It comes down to the race of the President of the United States, which causes people to disconnect and step away from the substance of the bill…”
Maybe she supports Obamacare because she’s black. Would she have supported Gingrich’s plan that she referenced? Would she have supported Romneycare? I’m sure she could easily find reasons not to support either of those plans. Would she oppose them because Gingrich and Romney are both white? Would she take offense if Republicans claimed she opposed those plans because the authors were white?
I’d agree that a lot of opposition to Obamacare may not be completely founded on principle. Much of the opposition is partisan. If someone opposes Obamacare, that person should also oppose similar overreaches by Republicans. Socialism under a GOP administration is no better than socialism under a Democrat administration.
But saying things are merely “partisan” just isn’t all that shocking anymore. It’s to be expected. Politics is all about playing a game and being a good team player. The more principled politicians are mocked and ridiculed for not playing the game.
For whatever reason, liberals think the race card isn’t quite overplayed yet. They don’t like it that conservatives don’t favor socialism. Fortunately for them, the President happens to have darker skin than most white people, so they claim the reason conservatives don’t like wealth redistribution and the idea of government-run healthcare is that the President’s skin hue is darker. As if we’d all be perfectly fine with Clintoncare or Kerrycare or Liebermancare. Or Romneycare for that matter.