Heritage Foundation's DeMint: We'll Keep Fighting Obamacare

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Thursday, 17 Oct 2013 08:48 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint declared Thursday that "we will continue to fight" against Obamacare.

"The law is economically unstable, financially irresponsible and harmful to hardworking Americans," DeMint, the Republican former U.S. Senator from South Carolina, said in an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal. "More and more people have had their work hours cut, their jobs eliminated, and their coverage taken away as a result of this new law."

DeMint said research by the conservative think tank showed that premiums on the Obamacare exchanges in all but five states were rising.

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"The hardest-hit states — such as Georgia, Arizona, Vermont, and North Dakota — will see premium increases of up to 150 percent," he said.

In addition, young people also will be most affected by Obamacare's rising rates. In Vermont, for instance, rates for 27-year-olds are up 144 percent, Heritage research showed.

And DeMint agreed with a comment by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada that Obamacare would create a single-payer healthcare system.

"Once employers drop health coverage for their low- and middle-wage workers, the majority of Americans will be dumped into tightly regulated health exchanges and granted a 'choice' of plans that will be more alike than different," he said. "The quality of care will suffer, access to doctors and plans you once had and liked will be reduced.

"America will deteriorate into a two-tier health system: one in which the well-off can still buy quality coverage, but most Americans are consigned to poor care through the exchanges and Medicaid."

He added that had Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, and House Republicans not led the fight against Obamacare during the recent fiscal negotiations, the myriad problems with the Obamacare rollout would not have come to light.

"For the past three months, Obamacare and its failings have been front and center in the national debate," DeMint said. "Its disastrous launch was spotlighted by our defund struggle, not overshadowed, as some contend.

"With a revived and engaged electorate, Obamacare will now be the issue for the next few years."

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