Americans are going to rebel against the government's control of their healthcare, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota says.
"That's the great risk of a command-and-control healthcare system . . . when you give political control literally to one-sixth of our economy," Thune, a Republican, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"And I hope the American people are waking up to it. I think they are. The premium sticker shock, the lost coverage, and, very soon, people are going to start losing their doctors.
"You're going to start seeing the American people react to this in a way that, hopefully, will generate the necessary critical mass to get Washington to start over, to repeal this thing, and go back to the drawing board."
Among the more disturbing aspects of the Affordable Care Act are the so-called "death panels," which some say are built into the law, allowing panels of healthcare experts to deny coverage to critically ill patients, Thune says.
"It does take the decision-making away from individuals and families, decisions that ought to be made around kitchen tables and made among family members, and replaces it with big government," Thune said.
"The fact is, to make this thing work, they have to ration care and they're going to have this independent payment advisory board that's going to make decisions about what gets covered and what doesn't get covered, and that's going to take us into a whole new world."
Thune thinks the ACA is just one part of President Barack Obama's agenda to expand the government.
"He believes government's the solution, and that's why with their healthcare plan they tried to take over one-sixth of the American economy," he said.
"They want to remake this into sort of the picture that we see in Europe, and it is unfortunate."
Thune says the "nuclear option" enacted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, which gives Democratic lawmakers more voting clout on presidential nominations, is
a "blatant power grab of the highest order."
"[It] allows them to put their people into positions of power who are going to do everything they can to implement his agenda in bypassing Congress," Thune said.
"It gives him an opportunity to circumvent the legislative branch of the government and to get things done with the simple majority."
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