Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, speaking at the NAACP convention in Orlando, Florida, entreated the NAACP to help the Obama Administration sell ObamaCare by comparing the fight for health care to the fight for civil rights.
Sebelius wants the NAACP to help recruit people across the nation to enroll in new insurance coverage.
She made her comparison to the NAACP civil rights fight of fifty years ago, saying, “You showed it early in the fight against lynching and discrimination. You showed it by showing inalienable rights are secured in the courtroom and at the ballot box. You showed it by supporting a health law 100 years in the making.”
“Start spreading the word,” she implored. “Download tool kits and customize fliers to hang up at local businesses and restaurants and barber shops and beauty salons.” She continued by beseeching religious leaders to join in her efforts, saying, “Few voices are more powerful than yours. Those are the ones trusted in communities. Use those voices to educate and motivate.”
Sebelius ignored all the reports across the nation of a reluctance to buy into new insurance coverage, as well as many statehouses that are opposed to doing so. Instead, she asserted that health care exchanges will “open in every state” on Oct. 1, when insurance marketplaces open for enrollment, “despite what governors say. The debate in Washington is over. The Supreme Court has issued its decision, the people have spoken, President Obama was reelected.”