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Santorum: Government Should Not Be Involved In Medicare

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Rick Santorum reiterated his opposition to Medicare during a town hall in South Carolina Thursday morning, saying, “we should not have a government-run health care system on Medicare or anything else, because it completely distorts the market. It’s top down. It’s not the way America works best.” Santorum made the remarks in the context of his support for Sen. Ron Wyden’s (D-OR) and Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) “premium support” proposal. Watch it:

Santorum is a strong supporter of Ryan’s original Medicare privatization scheme to completely eliminate traditional Medicare as an option for seniors and has promised to accelerate its implementation. Medicare, however, has a better track record of controlling health care costs than private insurers and has introduced market innovations and payment reforms that private plans later adopted.

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