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Daily Beast: Robinson Called ACA Effort to ‘Enslave Everybody,’ Backs Repeal with No Replacement

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Daily Beast: Robinson Called ACA Effort to ‘Enslave Everybody,’ Backs Repeal with No Replacement

New reporting from the Daily Beast unearthed a 2018 YouTube video on a conspiracy-pushing channel – including displaying “Bloodlines of the Illuminati” on the screen – where Mark Robinson said the Affordable Care Act was a “concentrated effort” to “enslave everybody.”

The report also details how Robinson has staked out an extreme position on health care, pushing for the “full repeal of the Affordable Care Act with no replacement,” posting on social media “I just want REPEAL!” and “a photo on Facebook that showed ‘Repeal and Replace’ but put a line through ‘and replace.’”Robinson also previously said, “I’m not in favor of Medicaid expansion… I hope that it fails because I don’t want our health care in this state to be turned over to the federal government.”

Robinson’s opposition to the ACA and Medicaid expansion is a direct threat to health care for people with pre-existing conditions, along with the 600,000 North Carolinians who have access to affordable care under Medicaid expansion. A poll found that Medicaid expansion is very popular across the state.

Read other key excerpts from Daily Beast about Robinson’s anti-health care extremism:

  • Weeks after Republicans suffered major losses in the 2018 midterm elections because of their failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, then-conservative commentator Mark Robinson accused the law of attempting to “enslave” people.
  • Around two hours and 43 minutes into the YouTube program Politics and Prophecy—as an image displaying “Bloodlines of the Illuminati” is shown on screen—Robinson makes his declaration.
  • “It is not just Black people,” Robinson, who is Black, said on the YouTube show. “It is a concentrated effort to, to, uh, to enslave everybody.”
  • Robinson’s particular complaint about the health-care law, signed by President Barack Obama in 2010, was against one of the most popular provisions: the ability for children to stay on their parents’ health-care plans until they turned 26 years old.
  • “That’s not a child, a 26-year-old,” said host Chris Levels, after just finishing a rant about fluoridated water.
  • “That’s exactly right. That’s exactly right,” Robinson replied, before accusing the law of trying to “enslave everybody.”
  • Robinson, with his history of bombastic comments, has even argued for a more conservative position on health care than Trump….
  • “I just want REPEAL! When it comes to insurance/healthcare the federal government can kick rocks,” he wrote on Facebook in 2017. “Healthcare’ is neither a ‘right’ or a ‘privilege,’ it’s a RESPONSIBILITY that lies with the individual.”
  • In another instance, he posted a photo on Facebook that showed “Repeal and Replace” but put a line through “and replace.”
  • This issue particularly resonates in North Carolina, a state that expanded Medicaid with bipartisan support late last year after a prolonged political fight, giving around 600,000 people additional access to the program.
  • “I’m not in favor of Medicaid expansion,” he told Business North Carolina in 2022. “I hope that it fails because I don’t want our health care in this state to be turned over to the federal government.”
  • And in 2023, after Medicaid expansion passed, Robinson said he was “dismayed” that it was included in the budget.
  • “I’m still not in favor of that,” he told a local radio host….

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