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Rick Santorum attacks his own healthcare plan

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Similar to how a high score in a vintage video game will, after reaching 999,999, flip back down to zero, extremists have the capacity to become so wrapped up in trying to distort the truth that they actually wind up telling it.

Rick Santorum did so last Friday while speaking at the Young Americans for Freedom event Friday at the Reagan Ranch, at which he said the following:

If we have a system where the government is going to be the principal provider of health care for the country, we’re done. Because then, you are dependent on the government for your life and your health…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.' 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.

And the reason is because most people don't get sick, and so free health care is just that, free health care, until you get sick. Then, if you get sick and you don't get health care, you die and you don’t vote. It's actually a pretty clever system. 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.

Which, if true, begs the question: Why did Santorum's allies spend millions on an advertising campaign encouraging people to opt out of Obamacare?

The reality is that what Santorum just described is completely true, but only if said of the Tea Party's alternative to the Affordable Care Act.

In the far-right extremist's fantasy world, all Democrats are poor and only poor people need government healthcare, ergo the only benefits of the ACA are Democrats.

This in turn best explains why the Tea Party has tried to repeal the ACA over forty times without offering any possible amendments or alternatives. The only reason anyone would want someone else not to have healthcare is a desire to see them die.

Santorum's words, not mine.

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