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In health care speech, Obama mocks O’Brien’s Fugitive Slave Act comparison

  • President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about the Affordable Care Act, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Md. The president is promoting the benefits of his health care law before new insurance exchanges open for business next week. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about the Affordable Care Act, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Md. The president is promoting the benefits of his health care law before new insurance exchanges open for business next week. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • President Obama pauses while speaking about the Affordable Care Act yesterday at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Md. The president is promoting the benefits of his health care law before new insurance exchanges open for business next week. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    President Obama pauses while speaking about the Affordable Care Act yesterday at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Md. The president is promoting the benefits of his health care law before new insurance exchanges open for business next week. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about the Affordable Care Act, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Md. The president is promoting the benefits of his health care law before new insurance exchanges open for business next week. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  • President Obama pauses while speaking about the Affordable Care Act yesterday at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Md. The president is promoting the benefits of his health care law before new insurance exchanges open for business next week. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Obama took a potshot yesterday at New Hampshire state Rep. Bill O’Brien over his comparison of Obamacare to the 19th century Fugitive Slave Act.

At an Aug. 1 rally in Concord, O’Brien, a Mont Vernon Republican and former House speaker who at the time was considering a run for Congress, criticized Obama’s 2010 health care reform law.

“What is Obamacare? It is a law as destructive to personal and individual liberty as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, that allowed slave owners to come to New Hampshire and seize African-Americans and use the federal courts to take them back to . . . slave states,” O’Brien said.

Obama referenced O’Brien, though not by name, in a speech yesterday at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland, while speaking about Republican opposition to implementation of the health care law.

“The closer we get, the more desperate they get. I mean, over the last few weeks, the rhetoric has just been cranked up to a place I’ve never seen before,” Obama said.

He added, “You had a state representative somewhere say that it’s ‘as destructive to personal and individual liberty as the Fugitive Slave Act.’ Think about that: Affordable health care is worse than a law that lets slave owners get their runaway slaves back. I mean, these are quotes. I’m not making this stuff up.”

O’Brien told the Wall Street Journal yesterday that he had made a “fair comparison.”

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or bleubsdorf@cmonitor.com or on Twitter@BenLeubsdorf.)

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At the AFL-CIO's convention in Los Angeles earlier this month, Loretta Johnson, secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers, said it was already happening in her union. "We are seeing employer after employer cut hours so as to avoid the 30-hour definition of a full-time job," Johnson said. The AFL-CIO passed a resolution demanding either Congress or Obama fix the law to stop it from hurting union members. Under Obamacare, once a person works more than 30 hours a week, that person counts toward the requirement that companies provide insurance if they have more than 50 employees.

Talk about brain washed even the Monitor who has done their best to cover up the problems with ObamaKare has showed the loss of Jobs and huge cutback in peoples hours right here in NH due to ObamaKare. What is like to find your way around with your eyes closed?

Better than a closed mind. I have read your stuff for years and you have never changed. Good for you. Keep that mind closed tight and dream of the day when you live in a one party country and no one has social security, medicare, health care, food stamps. Where the very rich and politicians with the best tax payer health care spends tons of money to make sure that average Americans don't have health care. I don't need to be told by liberal media. I know what is right is right and nothing a bunch of angry, unhappy, full of hate people can change it.

I think all these horrors you describe from the implementation of Obamacare show just how brainwashed you are, since none of these things have happened since It hasn't been implemented yet. Right wingers love to bring up Orwell's 1984 probably without ever reading it, just seeing the movie and don't realize Fox News is big brother, a propaganda machine. Orwell was a big leftie, as was Dr. Seuss, Cruz's favorite author. As for your so called poll numbers, when asked about the Affordable Care Act the numbers jump 10% over asking about Obamacare. Republicans have tried to scare Americans about it for 3 yrs through propaganda and lies. I realized how uniformed teabaggers were when I saw them with teabags on their hats and signs saying "Government, hands off my medicare." Beware the energetic stupid.

Which "people who are listening to the American people" are you referring to? Would they be the Republican members of Congress who are threatening to shut down the government unless their demand (which - if they are even minimally lucid - they know will not be met) is granted? Or would they be the very same Republican members of Congress who are prepared to permit a national credit default (just like Greece's) and likely a worldwide financial panic unless their same demand is not met? If those are the one you mean, the words you cite are too gentle. How about nihilist? I suspect that one isn't used very often because the Republican base in the former Confederacy and the mountain/desert hinterlands would have to run to their dictionaries. As to the rest of the post, it's the usual string of non-cohesive catch phrases.

Perhaps if you had a reality check and didn't get your news from the heavily censored liberal media you might get the facts that America doesn't like ObamaKare by a wide margin. Just google Obamacare poll numbers. The liberal media like the Monitor won't tell you that Obama and ObamaKare isn't popular.

Actually, Van, once again you have only allowed yourself to be exposed to a fraction of the story. I.)When Americans are asked their opinions of Obamacare (the word created by conservative Republican spinmasters), they disapprove by a sizable majority. Not surprising given the lingo. II.)When asked about the Affordable Care Act, they are about evenly split. III.)When asked about specific provisions of the bill, they favor it by a wider margin than disapprove under the first case. What does that mean? It means - plain and simple - that what America disapproves of is the fictional beast that the no-longer loyal opposition describes. So much for the substance. Now for the style: isn't it time you at least spell Obamacare correctly? Repeating ad nauseam "ObamaKare" is simply infantile.

For those of us who knows the Monitor purposely censors the story to promote a political agenda. Here is what Obama and his democrat cohorts are calling people who are listening to the American people and fighting the very unpopular ObamaKare. They are calling them extortionist, arsonists, anarchists, radicals, extremists. Yes this and much more is the incendiary language coming from the democrats. The Monitor is hiding this language because they know this vitriolic hate speech does not appeal to independents particularly those who have already experienced the disastrous impact of ObamaKare such as a loss of a full time job, can only find low paying part time jobs, loss of a health care plan that they liked. Loss of a doctor that they liked oven being forced to travel long distances just to get health care.

I hate to tell you this Van, but a few years ago (before Obama was elected to office), my BP went through the roof literally heart attack territory. My military health insurance that I pay for by the way is a HMO that administers the Tricare program. Many doctors in Concord refused to take this insurance because it did not fully reimburse them for their charges. Before I was diagnosed with 2 very severe illnesses from the first Gulf War, I was prescribed BP medicine from my local VA which by the way saved my life. The reason I bring this up is the ACA would have allowed me be seen by those doctors in Concord who refused me.. The ACA has no direct relationship with companies only hiring or reducing employees hours to part time. I saw this pattern happening in the late 90's. This is just the conservative lame excuse so CEO's and their shareholders can increase the money's that go into their pockets. And thanks for the morning laugh.

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