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Rick Santorum: Government Healthcare Is “Clever System” To Kill Voters

Rick Santorum spoke against government healthcare last Friday, suggesting it was a political conspiracy to eventually kill people by denying them care when they get sick, thus preventing them from voting.

“It’s actually a pretty clever system,” he said. “Take care of the people who can vote and people who can’t vote, get rid of them as quickly as possible by not giving them care so they can’t vote against you. That’s how it works.”

Addressing a Young Americans for Freedom event, the former Republican presidential candidate warned that “if we have a system where the government is going to be the principal provider of health care for the country, we’re done,” adding that Americans’ lives and health would depend on the government.

In his diatribe, Santorum alluded to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her struggle with government-sponsored healthcare. “When Thatcher ran for prime minister she said—remember this, this is the Iron Lady—she said, ‘The British national health care system is safe in my hands,’” he said. “She wasn’t going to take on health care, because she knew once you have people getting free health care from the government, you can’t take it away from them.”

Santorum’s comments came days after he compared his fight against Obamacare with Nelson Mandela’s lifelong struggle against apartheid following the venerated former South African leader’s death. “He was fighting against some great injustice,” he said in an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor.” “And I would make the argument that we have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever-increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people’s lives, and Obamacare is front and center in that.”

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  • Owen Johnson

    “It’s actually a pretty clever system,” he said. “Take care of the people who can vote and people who can’t vote, get rid of them as quickly as
    possible by not giving them care so they can’t vote against you. That’s
    how it works.”

    Wow, talk about reaching! That doesn’t make any sense, literally or politically. These guys aren’t even smart enough when they make things up to make sure anyone can understand them.

  • twall10107

    “Free” health care? Santorum is a braying jackass, of course. The most popular government-managed health care program in the US today is Medicare…which is not “free”. Santorum should know…he must know…that the senior citizens enrolled in Medicare have been paying for it all our working lives (unless we “worked” at managing the investment of Daddy’s money, and so were exempt from the Medicare tax on earned income). So why does Santorum lie so brazenly? Is it because his lies are aimed at white-trash voters, a constituency he can expect are too ignorant to catch him out?
    Of course that’s it. And of course, if those voters heed Santorum’s wicked advice and eschew decent coverage available under the ACA, it’ll be Santorum who has killed them. Santorum, and their own stupidity.