Obama: MLK Would Have Backed ‘Obamacare’

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Would Martin Luther King Jr. support “Obamacare?” The president believes so.

Appearing on the Tom Joyner Morning Show Tuesday, President Barack Obama says the iconic civil rights leader would have backed the Affordable Care Act.

“Oh, he would like that … because I think he understood that health care, health security is not a privilege; it’s something that in a country as wealthy as ours, everybody should have access to,” Obama explained.

Obama says the key to the Affordable Care Act is “going to be just signing folks up.”

“We’re really counting on everybody out there to get informed,” Obama said. “If you know what it’s about and you screen out all the misinformation, you’ll discover this is something that really is going to help millions of people.”

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The comments come after Obama met Monday with leaders of faith organizations and civil rights activists at the White House to discuss the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. They discussed how current issues of voting rights, education, unemployment and health care are linked to the 1960s fight for civil rights and equality.

The president will be taking part in the festivities Wednesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

Last month, the White House delayed the employer mandate until 2015 after employers expressed their concerns about the “complexity of the requirements” they would have to deal with to give employees mandatory health care insurance.

Despite the delay, the Health Insurance Marketplace will still be open Oct. 1 as the health care law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

According to data compiled by The Associated Press, the Obama administration will spend nearly $700 million on a national marketing campaign to promote the health care law.

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