President: MLK Would Have Supported Obamacare

Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 01:38 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would have approved of the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama said Tuesday in a radio interview.

"Oh, he would like that . . . because I think he understood that healthcare, health security is not a privilege; it’s something that in a country as wealthy as ours, everybody should have access to," Obama told radio hosts Tom Joyner and Sybil Wilkes.

The interview at the White House came during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where King made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial.

The key to the success of the law is “going to be just signing folks up," Obama told Joyner and Wilkes, according to The Hill.

He said it could help uninsured young adults who become ill or have an accident avoid depleting their savings just to pay the medical bills.

"You might not be able to pay rent. And for, again, a cost that is less than your cellphone bill, you can go on what we’re calling these marketplaces … and you can take a look and you can find out, 'All right, here’s a good price for me, and here’s the coverage that I get,'" the president said.

"And in a simple form, you can sign up. And if you still can’t afford it, you may qualify for the government giving you help to get that health insurance."

Obama also said in the interview he wanted every child in the United States to have access to "high quality" early childhood education.

"If we can get more young people, more children into the programs that prepare them so that the day they start kindergarten, the day they start first grade, they’re already prepared. That carries over for years," he said.




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