Community Organizers Mobilize to Save ObamaCare
By Matthew Vadum
The Obama administration has enlisted one of America's leading economic terrorist groups to help defend and promote the president's widely unpopular socialist healthcare scheme.
This development is not all that surprising because when liberal policies threaten to destroy the country Democrats typically think all they need to do is shout louder to make people understand how wonderful the hated policies really are. This ongoing collaboration with radical left-wing community organizers is also part of the Obama reelection campaign's divide-and-conquer strategy: Inflame the base and attack opponents relentlessly to draw the public's attention away from the worsening economy.
In a spectacle that ought to nauseate decent Americans, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius supplicated before Rev. Al Sharpton's radical left-wing National Action Network (NAN) at its annual convention in the nation's capital last week. She urged activists at the fancy corporate-sponsored confab to get into the trenches and fight for the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) and to let their neighbors know that the law gives them access to mountains of taxpayer-funded freebies.
"In our country what we know is healthcare inequality [has been] one of the most persistent forms of injustice but over the past three years, as Rev. Sharpton reminded us, we have begun to turn the tide," Sebelius said. "Now is not the time to turn back."
"We know that the best way to keep moving in the right direction is to get people the facts. Right now there are a lot of people who are benefiting from this law who don't even know that's why they are benefiting."
"We need your help," the former Kansas governor said. "I'm delighted to be your partner in that effort." Sebelius, named by Forbes as the 13th most powerful woman in the world by virtue of her post at HHS, virtually runs the federal Leviathan. The proposed fiscal 2013 budget for HHS is a staggering $941 billion. If Obamacare isn't killed HHS could devour most of the federal budget in the not-too-distant future.
Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, director of coverage policy in the Office of Health Reform (OHR) at HHS, reinforced her boss's message. In an interview at the conference she said groups like NAN, National Council of La Raza, and the newly rebranded ACORN spinoffs should sing the praises of Obamacare all across the fruited plain.
"So much of this is about educating people and making sure they know what's in the Affordable Care Act and understanding what it means for them," said Brooks-LaSure, a former Democratic staffer on the House Ways & Means Committee. "And that is the key to making sure that people understand just how important the law is, to making sure that we improve our healthcare system."
Brooks-LaSure, like Sebelius, is a true believer. An online bio indicates she "played an integral role in the passage of the new health care reform law, working on issues related to health care coverage, Medicare Advantage and Part D." She previously accused Obamacare opponents of spreading misinformation about the legislative monstrosity that along with its accompanying regulations now weighs in at nearly 2.6 million words.
As Front Page Magazine readers are painfully aware, NAN is a Saul Alinsky-inspired group that uses brutal, often violent tactics against its targets. Like ACORN and Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition, it extracts money from its corporate victims through extortion. (Business must be good, judging from the glossy, professional-looking programs handed out to attendees at the convention.) The group's motto is "No justice! No peace!" the battle cry of looters, rapists, and vigilantes during the deadly Los Angeles riots of 1992.
Sharpton, who has ties to the Communist Party USA and many unsavory figures, is an unabashed racist and racial provocateur who makes his living by stirring up racial resentments. Currently his most pressing objective is the public lynching of accused murderer George Zimmerman.
Although wise politicians run away from NAN's Sociopath-in-Chief the Obama administration embraces him because the 1960s-inspired radicals in the executive branch consider Sharpton's habitual acts of grotesque moral turpitude to be resume-builders. These Tom Hayden-wannabes also think it's fine for a sitting president to attack the Supreme Court and issue thinly veiled threats against it as it considers the constitutionality of Obamacare.
Sebelius was not the only member of President Obama's cabinet to grovel before the sartorially splendid leader of poor people whose dazzling megawatt smile suggests expensive dental restoration work.
At NAN's annual convention in the nation's capital, Attorney General Eric Holder hailed Sharpton for "your partnership, your friendship, and your tireless efforts to speak out for the voiceless, to stand up for the powerless, and to shine a light on the problems we must solve, and the promises we must fulfill."
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, himself a longtime ACORN ally, drooled all over Sharpton, describing NAN as "a remarkable partner to all of us in the Obama administration." He quipped, "We ought to be holding our cabinet meetings here at the convention center because so many of us are over these few days."
But why bother? Race-baiting community organizers like Sharpton already run this administration.