Gov. Mitt Romney made it a point to stress inclusiveness during his speech to the NAACP convention in Houston. He talked about education, jobs and healthcare.
Romney’s remarks were applauded a number of times, until he got to his plan to overturn and replace ObamaCare.
Boos were immediate.
Romney didn’t flinch and he didn’t get testy. On the contrary, he acted very presidential, reassuring the audience he would still seek ways for those with pre-existing conditions to get healthcare and insurance.
What’s interesting to me, considering the NAACP’s obvious enthusiasm for a healthcare bill you can bet most members, like other Americans and congressmen who actually voted for it, haven’t read, is how an organization purporting to be about civil rights can accept a bill that will so thoroughly dilute medical care for everyone except the uber-wealthy.
One of the most bothersome aspects of ObamaCare is the power of that 16-member Preventive Services Task Force. The United States is a big country with geographic and ethnic diversity. Yet we have 16 people who will determine what treatment will be paid for, and if a treatment isn’t covered, it’s less likely your doctor will recommend it.
The American Enterprise Institute pointed out the task force has no transparency requirement. AEI said this:
“The task force is a part-time board of volunteer advisers that works slowly and is often late to incorporate new science into its recommendations. Only in 2009 did it finally recommend aspirin for the prevention of stroke and heart attack among those at risk—decades after this practice was demonstrated to save lives and had become part of standard medical practice…The task force is also the only federal health agency to have the explicit legal authority to consider cost as one criterion in recommending whether patients should use a medical test or treatment.”
It’s also my opinion healthcare insurance premiums will continue to rise. ObamaCare is expensive, one reason the bill contains tax hikes. If you think the middle class won’t be hit directly or indirectly by those tax hikes, you are denying reality.
Aside from the ObamaCare moment in Romney’s address, the visit was congenial despite the fact Democrats basically have the black vote locked up. However, there was another issue that didn’t draw wild applause but should have. Romney’s emphasis on school choice for children in failing schools should have brought every member of the audience to their feet. That it didn’t, although it drew applause, indicates the NAACP is content with the status quo.
Vice-President Joe Biden was scheduled to speak at the NAACP convention too. He’ll be well-received by a group whose votes Democrats consider their property. Biden will probably make a “BFD” out of voter ID laws, and he will reel the audience in hook, line and sinker although the only votes Dems are really worried about are losing those that might be cast by ineligible voters. African-Americans won’t be disenfranchised by voter ID laws, but those in the country illegally will. If you think Biden doesn’t know that, you don’t know Joe.
I predict Biden will bash Republicans and the Tea Party, commit at least one gaffe and shower his commander-in-chief with praise.
Biden will likely receive standing ovations and come away knowing the majority of black people will continue to vote for Democrats despite record unemployment, failing neighborhoods, outrageous levels of crime in Dem-led cities like Chicago, and the distintegration of traditional black families manifested by high out of wedlock birthrates that promise a struggling future for the mothers.
Above all, Romney deserves praise for delivering a message that is inclusive rather than divisive. If Democrats continue to hold power, we will see disunity increase just as it has over the last four years.
Democrats see people as colors. Republicans don’t—that’s the reason the party was founded.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/July 11, 2012)
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I should point out that Romney got a standing ovation from the crowd when he finished his remarks.