Columnist Rejects Reform Law, Civil Rights Comparison
Syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker writes that President Obama's suggestion that the federal health reform law is like the Civil Rights Act of 1964 "has been perpetuated by countless talk-show hosts and their guests." She argues, "Civil rights activists who were beaten, bloodied and killed in the struggle to have a voice were nothing like the bureaucrats and politicians who insist that the [overhaul] is a comparable victory," adding, "The Civil Rights Act was a monument to freedom and human dignity. Health care reform is ... something else."
- "Viewpoints: Supporters Overreach by Labeling Health Reform as a 'Civil Rights' Issue" (Parker, Sacramento Bee, 3/28).