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Santorum: ‘Obamacare’ makes government ‘like a drug dealer’

Democrats’ push to expand entitlement programs is just an attempt to get Americans hooked on federal spending just “like a drug dealer,” former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said Monday night at the annual Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition fundraiser

Jul 31, 2020
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Democrats’ push to expand entitlement programs is just an attempt to get Americans hooked on federal spending just “like a drug dealer,” former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorumsaid Monday night at the annual Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalitionfundraiser.
Santorum, who is widely expected to seek the Republican presidential nomination, said Democrats pushed hard for the passage of federal health care reform because they believe “Americans love entitlements, and once we get you hooked on an entitlement, you’ll never let it go.”
“Sounds like nothing more than trying to hook someone like a drug dealer,” he said. “Isn’t that what entitlements do? Make you dependent. Make you feel less. Make you want less. What we’re doing to this generation of America, this entitlement attitude, if that is not a moral issue, I don’t know what is.”
Many politicians and conservative activists have pointed at the Affordable Care Act as a socialization of America’s health care system, but in fact more people will get private health coverage thanks to the reforms. The law sets up “exchanges” where private insurers will compete to provide coverage to people who don’t have it. The law also gives tax credits to people who have difficulty affording insurance, an approach that relies on a free market, not socialized medicine.
The Pennsylvania Republican was joined at the IFFC event by other potential 2012 hopefuls: Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlentyand Buddy Roemer.
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