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Louisiana Democratic Leader Blames Obamacare Criticism on Racism

By    |   Friday, 31 May 2013 12:56 PM

Louisiana Democratic Party head, State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, claimed earlier this week that those who opposed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, were motivated by the president's race.

"I have talked to so many members both in the House and the Senate, and you know what? You ready? You ready? What it comes down to? It's not about how many federal dollars we can receive, it's not about that. You ready? It's about race," Peterson said while speaking on the floor of the Louisiana State Senate. "I know nobody wants to talk about that. It's about the race of this African-American president."

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Peterson then contended that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich offered a "similar" overhaul in the past, Fox News reported.

"The same thing has been offered by who? Former Speaker Newt Gingrich in the past," Peterson claimed. "He had a similar bill to what Obama, President Obama has offered. It comes down to the race of the President of the United States which causes people to disconnect and step away from the substance of the bill."

In the run-up to the 2012 election, then-Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich, while speaking on NBC’s "Meet the Press," expressed his support for a variation of Obamacare, requiring individuals to buy health insurance, post a bond to pay for health care, "or in some way you indicate you're going to be held accountable," CNS News reported.

Gingrich later disputed he ever backed an individual mandate requiring every citizen to get health insurance.

Louisiana Republicans were quick to demand Peterson apologize for her comments.

"Bottom line is it's wrong to call someone a racist just because they disagree with you," Ryan Cross, communications director for the state GOP, told FoxNews.com. "There are a plethora of reasons why we disagree with ObamaCare. ... And the race of the president or of anyone else has absolutely nothing to do with it. It's appalling and it has no place on the floor."

Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal also weighed in, telling local affiliate WBRZ that it's "wrong to call people racists" simply over opposition to the health law.

On Thursday afternoon, Peterson released a statement in an attempt to defend and clarify her remarks.

"I think we should judge a policy by its content, not the person proposing it," Peterson's statement read. "To be clear, I didn't call any person 'racist.' Rather, I was simply relaying the truth about conversations I've had with my colleagues and the factors they considered on the expansion of Medicaid."

Peterson then attempted to deflect the controversy from her remarks to the reactions of state Republicans.

"While others are using this as an opportunity to take my comments out of context in order to distract from the true issue, I think it's critical that we focus on the substance of the policy because it's the right thing to do for Louisiana," Peterson concluded.

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