Rep. McDermott: ACA Supporters Being Driven Back by 'Huns'

By Craig Millward | August 4, 2014 | 3:25 PM EDT

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) AP Photo

( Speaking at an event hosted by the Physicians for a National Health Program - Western Washington last month, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) said the Affordable Care Act was "in the 'trying everything else' phase," and compared those who supported it to the Normandy invasion during Operation Overlord.

"Winston Churchill once said you can count on Americans doing the right thing, but only after they’ve tried everything else, and we are presently in the 'trying everything else' phase," McDermott said, speaking at the PNHPWW annual meeting entitled, "Health Care is a Human Right: Making it Real in Washington State."

"And I think you should understand that those of us who backed the ACA was the best that we could get. We got ourselves on the beach at Normandy, and we've been fighting the Huns who have been trying to drive us back into the sea ever since," he continued.

McDermott also criticized House Republicans for their attempts to repeal Obamacare, saying, "They do not want this entitlement for all Americans, this right for all Americans to become a reality," he said.

An advocate for a single-payer healthcare system, McDermott is also the author of H.R. 1200, the American Health Security Act of 2013, which calls for a single-payer system and recognizes health care as a right.