Obama: no ‘Armageddon’ as healthcare becomes law
President Barack Obama, campaigning in Iowa on Thursday to sell his landmark healthcare overhaul, couldn’t resist mocking Republicans for warning that the reform would provoke “Armageddon” and other tactics he rejects as alarmist scaremongering.
“I’m not exaggerating. Leaders of the Republican Party called the passage of this bill Armageddon. Armageddon! End of freedom as we know it,” he told a rally in Iowa City.
“So after I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there were any asteroids falling, some cracks opening up in the earth? Turned out it was a nice day. Birds were chirping. Folks were strolling down the Mall,” he said.
Opponents of the bill warn it will unleash another federal entitlement program that the American economy cannot afford that will inevitably lead to higher taxes and bigger deficits.
Obama denies this complaint and said that the American people would be able to make their own minds up as they compared their own experience with the claims of his opponents.
“From this day forward, all the cynics, all the naysayers, they are going to have to confront the reality of what this reform is and what it isn’t. They will have to finally acknowledge this isn’t a government takeover of our healthcare system,” he said.
Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama in Iowa), Reuters/Jim Young (cherry blossoms in Washington)
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