All four remaining Republican candidates for President have made repealing the Affordable Care Act a centerpiece of their campaigns, and Rick Santorum is no exception, even if he had a different opinion about health care earlier in his political career.
And recently, Santorum has ratcheted up his attacks, claiming last month that the health care law will lead America to the “guillotine,” and saying the Obama administration is a “drug dealer” pushing its health care reform plan. Santorum took another swipe at the law yesterday during a campaign stop in Huntsville, Alabama, arguing that the Affordable Care Act is the “death knell for freedom”:
Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s main message to Republican voters in Huntsville Thursday was simple. “Obamacare is, in fact, the death knell for freedom, and that’s why it must be repealed,” Santorum told a large crowd at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center five days before the state’s GOP primary. He referred to the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress and signed into law by Obama in 2010.
Santorum said the law is the “linchpin, if you will, that would tip the scales toward a country that would no longer be free.” Mitt Romney, the GOP front-runner who signed a similar health care law while governor of Massachusetts, “is singularly the worst person to make that case,” Santorum said.
But Santorum is ignoring one crucial fact: The law is already yielding benefits for millions of Americans. And more provisions of the Affordable Care Act are still falling into place. Some states have not yet implemented the law, but if they do, those benefits could extend to hundreds of thousands more. Meanwhile, Republican efforts to repeal parts of the bill are projected to add billions of dollars to the federal deficit.
Santorum has made repeal of the health care law a top campaign promise, even though he accidentally defended the law. Increasingly, people are not as concerned about health care reform, and repealing it would be devastating to millions of Americans.