Friday, August 9, 2013

Jim DeMint Says Forcing People To Buy Private Insurance Will "Destroy" The Private Insurance Market

Former senator, and current head of the Heritage Foundation, Jim Demint went to the Wall Street Journal editorial page to make the case for shutting down the government if Obamacare isn't defunded. As typical with op-ed pieces from right-wingers, you could expect to find a lot of fun comments crammed inside. For example:
ObamaCare will destroy the private-insurance market, incentivize businesses to cancel current health coverage for their employees, create physician shortages, and force Americans and states into total dependency on the federal government. After all that, it will be difficult, if not impossible, for the free market to resurrect a private health-care system built on doctor/patient decision-making.

So…DeMint is arguing that a system where the government forces people to buy private health insurance, will somehow actually destroy the private insurance market. How this will occur exactly, I'm not exactly sure (maybe filling up on so many customers will cause Blue Cross to explode?). Maybe DeMint still thinks that Obamacare is actually a single payer system? Would make a lot more sense. Or maybe he's just a douche.

Furthermore, DeMint seems to think that it would be virtually impossible for the free market to turn things around after an Obamapocalypse? And here I thought there was nothing the free market couldn't magically fix.

Oh, and other thing. DeMint would also like everyone to know that while he wants the Republicans in congress to shutdown the government, that doesn't mean that a hypothetical government shutdown will be the fault of those same Republicans:

So why is President Obama threatening to shut down the government if Congress sends him a year-end spending bill to fully support government operations but without funding for his (unfair, unworkable and unaffordable) health-care law?
This must be the teabagger equivalent of a jedi mind-trick.

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