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Pants on Fire! CBS Host Explains Why U.S. Doesn’t Have Universal Health Care

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Mainstream media outlets are falling in line with the decree issued by New York Times’ executive editor Dean Baquet last week which demanded that virtually everything be tied to slavery.

CBS host Gayle King did not disappoint during an interview with Nikole Hannah-Jones, a writer for the New York Times. It was Hannah-Jones who penned the essay which introduced the newspaper’s new initiative, the “1619 Project.” The exchange can be viewed in the video below.

King, who has adopted the new narrative eagerly and completely, said, “The thing that’s so amazing about this that makes me so proud, you can look at just about anything happening in the world today and tie it to slavery…You look at the naming of Wall Street. You look at sugar that we eat. But the thing that stuck out to me was health care, you can tie health care to slavery.”

And Hannah-Jones responded:

We’re the only western industrialized country that doesn’t have universal health care. It starts with opposition to universal health care that occurs right after slavery when the Freedsmen’s Bureau was trying to offer free health care to the formerly enslaved and there was opposition to that. And so even today, you see with polling white Americans will reject social programs if they think large numbers of black people will benefit from them. So, the harms from slavery have not been contained because there are millions of white Americans, there are millions of Latinos and Asians and black Americans who don’t have health care, who can’t get insurance because of slavery.

That’s some profound analysis from Hannah-Jones. It’s so ridiculous, it’s difficult to take seriously. Universal health care was not even a thought in 1865 when the U.S. was reeling from a long and bloody war that had nearly torn apart the country.

Approximately 625,000 white American men had just died in a fight to eliminate slavery. According to Ancestry.com, this number is greater than the number of American deaths in “both World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam combined. This amounted to 2 percent of the population at the time, which would be equivalent to about 6 million Americans dying today.”

Hannah-Jones would like us to believe the U.S. doesn’t have universal health care in 2019 because white Americans were opposed to providing free health care to former slaves 154 years ago.

On the contrary, it might surprise these ladies to hear that following the Civil War, from 1865 to 1870, the U.S. government provided free health care to over one million sick and dying slaves. The government established the “Freedmen’s Bureau” which built 40 hospitals and employed over 120 physicians.

Perhaps most important is that prior to the early 1900s, no governments were in the business of providing healthcare to their citizens. Blacks weren’t excluded from federal healthcare. There was no federal healthcare.

There were two exceptions. In 1798, President John Adams signed a public health law called “An act for the relief of sick and disabled Seamen.” Every seaman paid 20 cents per month which paid for marine hospitals to be built and for the care of sick and disabled marines. It covered no other segments of the population, not even the spouses of covered marines.

Additionally in 1854, the “Bill for the Benefit of the Indigent Insane passed both houses of Congress, but was vetoed by President Franklin Pierce.” His reason? “The federal government should not commit itself to social welfare, which should be the responsibility of the states.”

The next time the issue of federal government involvement in healthcare was raised was by then-former President Theodore Roosevelt (he was out of office at that time) who ran for president in 1912 and campaigned on “sickness insurance.” He was defeated and that ended that.

European countries were the first to pass any form of social welfare. In 1911, the United Kingdom passed the National Insurance Act of 1911 that provided medical care and replacement of some lost wages if a worker became ill. It did not, however, cover spouses or dependents.

It wasn’t until the Great Depression until the government became involved in social welfare.

This brief history indicates that, outside of the seaman’s monthly premium system, the federal government did not provide healthcare for any of its citizens, white, black, Native-American or otherwise until President Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930’s. It simply was not even on the government’s radar until then.

The fact that the U.S. government has not passed universal healthcare is because the majority of American voters oppose it. This has zero, zip, nada to do with race or slavery and everything to do with defeating Trump. To suggest otherwise is to be disingenuous. This is BS and I think both Hannah-Jones and King  know it is.

Maybe we shouldn’t be so hard on them. After all, they’re just following orders.

 

(Relevant segment begins at 4:00)

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“Forever First Lady” Michelle Obama blasts Trump inauguration at Essence Festival

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama left the White House almost three years ago but to hear her tell it, her eight years came to a bittersweet conclusion. She does not reminisce about her final day in the White House fondly. The crowd at President Trump’s inauguration didn’t reflect America’s diversity, you see. The crowd at the presidential inauguration was just too white for her comfort.

The 25th Essence Festival took place in New Orleans last weekend and there were some winners and some losers on the list of featured speakers. The annual event is held to celebrate black women and culture, sponsored by Essence magazine. Mostly a music festival, there is also a line-up of speakers each year. This year, with the 2020 election in mind, some of the Democrat hopefuls spoke to the attendees. The star, though, was Michelle Obama, who was billed as “Forever First Lady Michelle Obama”. She was interviewed by Oprah’s bestie, Gayle King, and she repeated some comments that she has expressed in previous interviews.

She spoke about her emotional reaction to leaving the White House, the Obama family home for eight years and her daughters’ final slumber party the night before the inauguration. I get it. Her kids grew up there. But she sure sounds like the same old Michelle Obama who said she was never really proud of America until her husband was nominated as his party’s presidential candidate.

“And then we had to meet the Trumps, the Trumps show up,” she said. “And I didn’t want to go out and greet them with tears in my eyes because people would think I was crying for other reasons.

She noted that when she looked out into the crowd, it was not reflective of a diverse country.

“All I had to do for 8 years, watching my husband get raked over the coals, feel like we had to do everything perfectly, no scandal,” she said. “It was a lot emotionally that when I got on that plane, it was a release.”

It is shocking how ungracious she still is after so much time has passed. Complaining about the treatment Barack Obama got from critics is standard, and other former First Ladies have done that, but this is why so many American voters shrug when her “When they go low, we go high” motto is mentioned. She and her husband didn’t really do much to bring the country together. If anything, the divisions in America were deepened and brought us to the Trump presidency.

The narrative these days that the Obama administration was a scandal-free one is predictable. It isn’t true, but it’s predictable. Perhaps she and her husband’s supporters don’t define the word as conservatives do. Off the top of my head, I think of the president’s Attorney General, Eric Holder calling himself Obama’s wingman, the Iran deal, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, targeting conservatives in the Tea Party with IRS harassment, monitoring journalists like James Rosen, and so on. The list is long and they can call it what they want to call it but it wasn’t good. They are re-writing history in the style of Howard Zinn.

Michelle Obama, despite rising to the height of power and privilege, still plays the victim card. She is encouraged to do so as her interview with King began with being asked, “Do you have any idea how much you are missed?” Well, this is exactly how Republican voters felt during the eight years of the Obama presidency yet the Bushes not only stayed out of the public eye during Obama’s time in the White House, they certainly never complained about their life in the White House.

Obama said that despite the way people now look at her and President Obama, and being the first lady, “They don’t remember how many punches we took to get there.”

“For a minute there, I was an angry black woman who was emasculating her husband,” Obama recalled about the campaign. “As I got more popular, that’s when people of all sides — Democrats and Republicans — tried to take me out by the knees and the best way to do it was to focus on the one thing people were afraid of: the strength of a black woman.”

Obama is still holding out on publicly supporting one Democrat over another in the 2020 presidential primary race. My money is on Kamala Harris as her favorite (and her husband’s, too) because I remember reading about how Barack Obama encouraged Kamala to consider running for president. And she’s the only black woman running for the 2020 nomination. In the meantime, both Obamas are remaining on the sidelines, even about support for his former vice-president.

King mentioned that some of the Democratic candidates for president were at the Essence Festival earlier. Obama said she and her husband are not getting involved until after the primary.

“It’s very early,” Obama said. “It is like trying to figure out who is going win the World Series after the first seven games.”

Obama said the general election is “so important” and they have to make sure everyone in the party comes together to support the nominee.

“We’re watching everyone, we’re supportive of everyone,” Obama said. “We are giving advice to whomever seeks it.”

When King asked if Obama had any thoughts about the dust-up between former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, she said, “I do not.”

Some women attending the festival were not feeling the love for Joe Biden. It may not be enough to ride Obama’s coattails, though right now Biden has some solid support among black voters.

At the Essence Festival, some attendees suggested that Biden’s relationship with Obama was not enough to excuse his recent missteps and, in fact, made them more glaring. “The fact that he’s still tone-deaf in 2019, and he served with a black man for eight years . . . it’s offensive,” said Coretta Graham, a former prosecutor from Corpus Christi, Tex., who chairs the local Democratic Party there. “If you’ve been with someone that long, you ought to know. . . . To me, that means you weren’t paying attention.”

There was time, too, to bash the Trump administration. Gayle King teed her up to talk about how the bad orange man is “dismantling” Obama’s legacy. She denies trying to build a legacy but that’s just ridiculous. She acts as though every president doesn’t have an eye on the legacy he leaves behind. In other words, she thinks her supporters are too stupid to realize that in politics when the other party comes back into power, it’s all about tearing down the old and building up the new. Michelle Obama slaps Trump supporters and voters in her criticism of Trump’s administration.

King asked Obama about looking back over her husband’s presidency, and how it felt to watch everything his administration built be dismantled.

“People ask me that question all the time and I can honestly say, our upset wasn’t over our legacy. We weren’t there to instill our legacy, but the upset it would cause the country. What saddens me is what it’s doing to the country as a whole. What we have to be really conscientious of is what kind of country we’re leaving for our children or grandchildren,” Obama said.

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Michelle Trumpets Obama’s Scandal-Free Presidency, Laments the Whiteness of Trump’s Inauguration

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[Screenshot from Daily Caller via Twitter, https://twitter.com/DailyCaller/status/1148214275686707202?]

 

On Monday, former First Lady Michelle Obama appeared with host Gayle King on CBS This Morning.

One of the topics: Trump’s inauguration.

So how was that seminal day? Well, it was really white.

Skinwise.

In Michelle’s view, it wasn’t representative of the country:

“That day was very emotional, and then to … sit at that inauguration, and to look around at a crowd that was not reflective of the country — it was just such the opposite — and during Barack’s inauguration, we made sure that the crowd looked like all of America, having the Tuskegee airmen, having civil rights folks, having folks who had marched — you could look out at his crowd and you could see America. All of it.”

She was one of just a few non-whites:

“And I had to sit in that audience, one of a handful of people of color, and then listen to that speech, and all that I had … held on to for eight years, watching my husband get raked over the coals, feeling like we had to do everything perfectly — no scandal … It was a lot emotionally.”

With all due respect to Michelle — which is to say, genuine respect — many would dispute her “scandal” statement.

On The View in April, Joy Behar touted Obama’s two “scandal-free” terms. In response, Meghan McCain laughed (here). She noted the Iran deal, for one.

At the time, The Daily Wire provided more:

Some of the scandals of the Obama administration included Obama’s IRS targeting the Tea Party; the Fast and Furious scandal; lying to the American public about the Iran deal; the Benghazi massacre and subsequent spin by the administration; the biggest data breach in the federal government’s history, at the Office of Personnel Management and the VA scandal, just to name a few.

I suppose everyone has a different idea of a president’s legacy. I recall hearing Rush Limbaugh say of the media’s kid-glove handling of Bill and Barack that “history will bear it all out” and thinking, “No. It won’t. People will remember it the way they experienced it. Democrats will forever praise Democratic presidencies, and Republicans will do the same with their own.”

As for Michelle, she’s stickin’ with the hubs:

“[He was] one of the most productive and profound presidents of our lifetime.”

One thing’s for certain: Regardless of one’s opinion of Obama or Trump, it’d be difficult to deny that they’re very, very different.

And who comes next — something tells me that’s gonna really be one for the books. A wild show indeed.

In the meantime, we’ve got wild-man Trump — who, it might be said — represents more of America than most Democrats are willing to admit. After all: He won.

What do you think of Michelle’s comments? Let us all know in the Comments section.

-ALEX

P.S. Did you miss my stories Saturday? Here they are. I’d be honored by your time:

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Ridiculous Roundup: The Media Filled Its Pants Over America’s 4th Of July Celebration. Before It Even Happened

‘Magic Mike’ Star: Our Son Came Out Of The Closet To Us – As Straight

An American Soldier Protests Nike’s Betsy Ross Sneaker Recall In A Very Special Way

 

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