John Birch Society activist: Nullify Obamacare and rely on churches for health care

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:22 EDT
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Conservative activist Jesse Graston on Tuesday told a crowd outside the South Carolina Statehouse that the Affordable Care Act should be nullified and replaced by charity from churches.

“This is not just about a rally,” Graston, the South Carolina Coordinator of the John Birch Society, said. “This is a recruitment meeting, and I’m calling on all of you to answer the call, that the tyranny of our day has come. What will you say to your children 20 years from now when they ask you, ‘Where were you, dad, mom, when America fell — or prevailed?’”

Republican lawmakers in South Carolina are pushing legislation that seeks to block the implementation of Obamacare in that state. The South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act was passed in the state’s House of Representatives last year.

Graston said South Carolina was “leading the resistance against the abomination of the Affordable Care Act.”

Graston noted there was also going to be a pro-Obamacare rally at the South Carolina Statehouse. He said both conservatives and liberals wanted affordable health care, but differed on how to achieve that goal.

“They think it’s the duty of others to help them take care of the poor,” he remarked. “We believe that we shouldn’t take from others to help take care of the poor or to help ourself, but we follow Christ’s example.”

“He did not steal from his disciples to feed the hungry,” Graston continued. “No, he gave of his own substance to those that were in need, and I believe that as we’re saying no to the encroachments of the federal government, that we will have to stand up and the churches must take their place to take care of the needy. I’m asking as we push the government out of the way that we need to fill that vacuum and begin to see those that around us and take that initiative ourself.”

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by Evan Mulch, below.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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