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Washington, D.C. – Senator Johnson took exception Wednesday to a Democrat senator’s characterization of opposition to the Affordable Care Act as being motivated by racism. 

Senator Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, opined that Republicans who oppose Obamacare do so for suspect reasons. He complained about people who email their senators to tell how Obamacare has made their health care situations worse, characterizing opposition as “from people who’ve made up their mind that they don’t want it to work, because they don’t like the president. Maybe he’s of the wrong color, something of that sort.”

Rockefeller’s allegation is similar to accusations he’s made in recent days. In early May, he was quoted as saying of those objecting to the president’s plans, “For some, it’s just we don’t want anything good to happen under this president, because he’s the wrong color.”

Senator Johnson, who opposes Obamacare’s effective takeover of health insurance and its potential to quash health innovation as the greatest assault on our freedom in our lifetime, objected vigorously to Rockefeller’s insinuation.

Watch Senator Johnson’s response here: