Santorum: Obamacare 'Goes Against the Grain of Who We Are'

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Sunday, 17 Nov 2013 07:01 AM

By Elliot Jager

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Former Republican presidential candidate and Pennsylvania senator – now CEO of EchoLight Movie Studio – Rick Santorum, described Obamacare as the "biggest fundamental shift in American history" involving "the relationship between the government and the people."

He called the president's health plan a "disaster" and "un-American," during an appearance on "The Mike Huckabee Show."

The government, said Santorum, had a role to play in taking care of the elderly and needy. It had no place telling Americans "this is what you are going to have, this is how much you are going to pay," or "to tell every insurance company, here's how much money you can charge, here's how much money you can make."

That's what Obamacare does, Santorum said, and "it goes against the grain of who we are."

It would be difficult to challenge in the courts the president on his proposed fix to address the problem of canceled health insurance policies because it would be legally cumbersome to prove that anyone has been harmed by the selective way the president is enforcing the law, Santorum said.

The premise that the president can pick and choose which laws he will enforce – on immigration, the defense of marriage act, and elsewhere – is a dangerous one, said Santorum. "That should scare people on the left and on the right. Because if [Obama] does it, there's some day going to be a Republican president going doing it."

President Barack Obama told a White House news conference Thursday that the GOP had no solution for millions of people who didn’t have health insurance.

It was not true that Republicans had no alternatives to Obamacare, Huckabee said. It would have been possible to provide expanded healthcare access for the uninsured without disrupting the lives of the 85 percent of Americas who had coverage. One possibility would have been to create a Medicaid-like program that mandated "deductibles, co-pays, premiums" along with a buy-in from the consumer.

Santorum said he had proposed an alternative of offering tax credits for people who buy their own health plans similar to credits enjoyed by those who have plans provided by their employers.

The former senator also talked about his company's new holiday movie, "The Christmas Candle" which is premiering on November 22.

Describing "The Christmas Candle" as a mix between "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol" that is set in Victorian England, Santorum said it was a story of people struggling with their faith and with whether God is with them.

"And what better time to think about whether God is with you than when God is with us?"

The movie includes an especially written hymn sung by the Catholic and Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle.

"If you loved Downton Abbey, you're going to love this movie," said Santorum. "It's a movie about Christmas – not about Santa Clause not about elves, but about what Christmas means."

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