“Just reminds me of another period in our history. Not so long ago during the 50s, many Southern senators signed a Southern Manifesto after the Supreme Court decision of 1954. And those senators — along with many Southern governors — subscribed to the doctrine of interposition and notification and some even massive resistance,” said Rep. John Lewis this week during a House Ways and Means hearing on the Affordable Care Act.
“That’s what we saw on the part of the Republican members of the House and some of the Republicans in the Senate,” he added.
Lewis is one of the few members of Congress who has consistently argued that health care insurance is a right and not a privilege. He used his five minutes of question time on Ways and Means to deliver a blunt lecture to his Republican colleagues on the committee.