In another stunning example of how desperate Republicans are to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Steve King decided to flat out lie about the health care reform law during an appearance on C-SPAN.
The Iowa Republican claimed during C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, that the Affordable Care Act was designed to make more people uninsured. He also declared that conservatives will not rest until every single provision of landmark legislation is killed, and argued that organizations such as charities, churches, and emergency rooms can pick up the slack after it is repealed.
“Everybody in America has access to health care, and we even have many many organizations that make sure they fill those holes. The effort was to increase the number of insured in America and that number does not look like it will increase under Obamacare. We’re actually going to get more people uninsured under Obamacare and this creates the foundation for a one-size-fits-all federally-run socialized medicine system. We’re not completely there and I think we are a lot better off to let the free markets do this and encourage people to be personally responsible.”
Here’s the video:
Despite the fact that 30 million uninsured Americans would get insurance coverage because of the Affordable Care Act, King still wants to push his paranoid conspiracy theory to smear the law as some kind of precursor to universal health care. King also has the gall to say that people need to take personal responsibility for their own health care, when that is exactly what the Affordable Care Act does by requiring all Americans to purchase health insurance. King also says, we should rely on the free market for health care, but once again, Obamacare requires people to purchase insurance from private companies. So why is King whining? He’s either too stupid to properly represent Iowa, or he’s letting his blind hatred of President Obama get in the way, although I’d say it’s both.
Getting rid of the Affordable Care Act would be a major error for Republicans. Most of the provisions of the law are very popular. Kids can stay on their parent’s insurance plan until the age of 26. Insurance companies cannot deny anyone coverage if they have a pre-existing condition, and they can’t drop people off the insurance rolls because care is getting too expensive. But even expense of health care will be reduced, because more people will have coverage. The law more adequately protects women, children, seniors and the sick. And it provides private insurance companies millions of new customers. Killing this law would cause health care prices to continue rising exponentially and threaten the lives of millions of Americans, and that should really give Americans more reason to demand universal health care. If anything, King should be supporting this law, but he’s too stupid and blinded by hate to do anything sane and compassionate.