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Jesse Ventura on 'Obamacare': Health care is a human right, rips apart the GOP

Over 10 million Americans now have access to affordable health care by either the private marketplace or through an expansion of Medicaid because of the Affordable Care Act. With this positive news comes more people giving their support despite Republican efforts to repeal "Obamacare."

Former governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura thinks "Obamacare" is a good first step but should be considered a work in progress.
Photo by Joe Corrigan

What seems to be pretty academic is that if you are a liberal Democrat you are supposed to support "Obamacara" and if you are a conservative Republican you are supposed to hate it with a passion. A problem comes up when you realize that not everyone is a member of one of the two major political parties. In fact, according to a Gallup poll from January of 2014, a record high of 42 percent of Americans identify themselves as politically independent. Another problem comes up when dealing with the word "independent." There are liberal independents and conservative independents and they all seem to have a different opinion on what is widely known as "Obamacare."

One high profiled independent is the former governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura. Ventura has been hosting an internet TV show called "Off the Grid" on and the governor has covered a variety of topics, straight shooting and telling it like it is. Ventura's most recent show covered the Affordable Care Act and the current state of the new law.

Despite having a strong libertarian following, who many are against the ACA, Ventura has thrown his support to the new law stating that "having access to health care is a human right" and thinks Republicans need to stop playing games and help improve the law instead of wasting time with the politics.

"He passed the law, the congress passed the law, it's the law. Now, it's not perfect, obviously, there's probably a lot of things wrong with it. Fix it! Try to make it work. Don't just try to strip it from us while you bastards have four choices of health care."

When asked whether the governor supports a national health care system, he was very clear in his answer when he stated that the biggest issue the ACA has is that there is still too much corporate influence.

"In a country like ours, if you're sick you should be able to go to the doctor, receive treatment and hopefully get well. The problem with 'Obamacare' is that they had to kow-tow to the insurance companies who of course pay them the money to get them elected. Your corporate donors. Should health care really be a for profit business to the tune where these CEOs are making $5 million bonuses? If they're making profit off our health problems, then wouldn't it be inherent to make us unhealthy? It's kinda like war, isn't it?

Gov. Ventura summed up how he feels about "Obamacare" and Republicans in one statement.

"They need to keep working at it. It should remain a job in progress which means...Republicans...get off your dumb asses and start working to make this better for all Americans!"

Gov. Jesse Ventura considers himself a libertarian with a small "l," and has become very progressive over the years. Ventura notes that the far right have taken control of the word "libertarian" and that to him the word means "liberal." On recent episodes of his show "Off the Grid," Ventura has supported same-sex marriage, raising the minimum wage, campaign finance reform, reforming the corporate tax rate and pulling our troops out of all foreign countries and using that money to fund universal health care and rebuilding American infrastructure. You might not agree with everything Ventura stands for, he is an independent after all, but when it comes to many major issues he seems to be a nice progressive change.

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