Rev. Jesse Jackson not a fan of the term ‘Obamacare’
BY JAMES SCALZITTI Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org June 30, 2012 5:30PM
The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. doesn’t like “Obamacare.”
He supports the Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court decision this week that declared it was constitutional, but the popular tag given to the President’s plan is not something he cares for.
Calling the plan “Obamacare” “was a way to demean” the president, Jackson said at the Saturday Morning Forum at the Rainbow PUSH headquarters on the South Side today.
“No one ever said ‘Roosevelt Welfare,’ or ‘Roosevelt Socialism,’” Jackson said, referring to FDR’s New Deal.
Jackson said the president’s health care reform will save lives.
“Presidents must not be measured by the amount of people they kill or get killed, but by the amount of people whose lives they save,” he said.
Jackson did not address the recent leave taken from office by his son, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., because of “exhaustion,” at the meeting.