AFL-CIO chief says ObamaCare “shoved down the Republicans’ throats” …

posted at 2:55 pm on September 8, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

I’ll give AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka decent marks for accuracy, if not imagery, in this clip from a speech given in the bright afterglow of the passage of ObamaCare in April of this year. He hails Nancy Pelosi for her work in getting ObamaCare passed, although the real work actually occurred in the Senate. Pelosi, after all, had a 77-seat majority with no filibuster rule, so she didn’t really shove this down the throats of Republicans as much as she shoved ObamaCare down the throats of recalcitrant Blue Dog Democrats who wanted to win another election in their lifetime. But Trumka is dead-on about what that process actually produced:

“Without Nancy Pelosi, health care [sic] wouldn’t have happened, because all the guys that were sitting around the table wanted to fold their cards and go for these little itty-bitty rights. She’s the one who had the backbone to say no. We stuck together, and we got a historic victory, and she drove it down the Republicans’ throats and out their backsides.”

Classy! And what comes out of one’s backside is … what, exactly, Mr. Trumka? Don’t bother to answer; sixty percent of American voters already know the answer, which is why they want ObamaCare repealed.

Note: I put the [sic] in the quote because Trumka, like so many other ObamaCare supporters, seem to believe that health care only came into being on March 23rd of this year.  Health care has been happening in this country for centuries without government intervention — and there will be less of it happening under ObamaCare, or at least fewer people providing it.


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