Rep. Frederica Wilson: We Must Have Obama's Back
Congresswoman stresses the importance of the Black vote in 2012
The Republicans in Congress have had one goal since that historic day on January 20, 2009 – to make Barack Obama a one-term president. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell even said so publicly on TV!
Since the Republicans won the majority of the U.S. House of Representatives, they have opposed President Obama at every turn. When it comes time to vote, they don’t even read the bill they’re voting on. If President Obama is for it, they’re against it.
In the U.S. Senate, over the past three-and-half years, the Republicans have been abusing the filibuster to block every bill that would create jobs and help jump-start the economy.
Now, we know how important it is to vote for President Obama in November. Record turnout in our community made him President in 2008. This year, our votes will be as important as ever – but we must remember to vote all the way down the ballot to elect Senators, Representatives, state legislators, judges and prosecutors who will have President Obama’s back.
The most recent example of why we need to have President Obama’s back is the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
The term Obamacare was coined by the Republicans to mock the wonderful Affordable Care Act passed by Congress in 2010 and signed into law by President Obama.
Obamacare is an idea that has been supported by Republicans in the past – when it was known as Romneycare. But because it was proposed by President Obama, Republicans in Congress lined up against it.
The recent Supreme Court decision proves that Obamacare was the perfect nickname because President Obama cares.
He cares about you, he cares about me, he cares about my friends on the Democratic side of the aisle, and he cares about my friends on the Republican side of the aisle. He cares about all Americans. President Obama cares about us, and he thinks that we should not have to worry about going broke just because someone in our family gets sick.
Because Obama cares, every American has the right to affordable healthcare.
And yet, the Republicans hate it with every fiber of their being.
Why? Don’t Republicans get sick too? Don’t Republicans worry about having to file for bankruptcy just because someone in their family gets sick? Don’t Republicans go to the emergency room with no insurance?
Recently, the Republicans voted to repeal this law that proves that Obama cares. Not “repeal and replace,” as they said they would when they made their Pledge to America. Just repeal. In other words, get rid of it period.
How can the Republicans explain to their constituents the repeal of a law that affords healthcare for everyone? Are they trying to send a message that Republicans don’t need healthcare?
Republicans are not robots. They get sick, they need surgery, they feel pain, they hurt, they cry, they mourn, they weep.
Access to affordable healthcare is a basic human right. It’s not a Republican right, a Democratic right or an Independent right. It’s a BASIC right for all Americans.
That is why we need Obamacare. All of Congress must care. Democrats and Republicans alike.
We must care. We must care about the less fortunate, the working poor, the foster child, the disabled, the elderly, the mentally ill, the homeless and those wracked with pain.
And yet, since January 2011, the Republicans have voted more than 30 times to repeal or defund Obamacare.
This political gamesmanship and obstruction must end. We have to send the message that we have our President’s back. Barack Obama deserves a second term and Democratic partners in Congress who will keep our country moving in the right direction.
Log onto www.HavehisBack.com and pledge that you will vote for President Obama and Democratic candidates for Congress this November. Ask your family, friends, neighbors, and others in our community to do the same.
President Obama has done everything he can to look out for us. Now it’s time for us to look out for him and to show that WE care about our country and our fellow Americans.