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Santorum Says America Is Becoming Fascist Italy, Obamacare Is The ‘Final Death Knell’

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A day before a new HHS study found that the Affordable Care Act has extended health coverage to at least 2.5 million young adults in the United States, Rick Santorum sang a different tune about health reform, calling it the “final death knell” for America.

Speaking at a medical supplies company in Waterloo, Iowa yesterday, the former Pennsylvania senator levied some of his harshest rhetoric yet at President Obama, accusing him of transforming America into a fascist state like Italy under Mussolini. “We are ever-gradually – and not-so-gradually in the last couple of years – edging our way toward the same kind of country that my grandfather left,” Santorum said.

The Republican presidential contender continued, unabated, with his belief that by helping provide poor people with health coverage, America faces an existential crisis. Santorum told the Iowa audience that health care reform is what “got [him] into this race,” because he’s “seen what that [...] final death knell will be to America.”

SANTORUM: They are fundamentally different than my grandfather. He cared about freedom. He cared about it more than anything else. Didn’t want to be taken care of by Mussolini and told what to do and his kids grow up and march in whatever military and conformity that the fascists were dictating at the time. As I was saying to Jim today earlier, I think we’re at a critical junction of American history right now where that freedom that my grandfather fought for is fundamentally at stake. We are ever-gradually – and not-so-gradually in the last couple of years – edging our way toward the same kind of country that my grandfather left. [...]

What got me into this race was Obamacare. I’m no history professor like Newt Gingrich, but I am a little bit of a student of history and I’ve seen what that, I believe, final death knell will be to America of having government control that very critical aspect of our life, which is access to the care that we need to stay alive.

Already, the Affordable Care Act has lowered prescription drug costs for seniors, provided health care tax credits to small businesses, and extended life-saving care to the sickest Americans.

Santorum will have his work cut out for him trying to convince Americans that these benefits of health care reform, and those still to come, are indicative of an imminent death knell for the United States.

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