Rick Santorum: Clinton's Right, Obama Should Keep His Promise

Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013 05:45 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum agrees with Bill Clinton that President Barack Obama should keep his promise that people who like their current health insurance plans can keep them, even if it means changing the Affordable Care Act.

And the healthcare debacle has become so serious, it will be the top issue of the 2014 election and mostly likely put the Republican Party back in power, he adds.

"Bill Clinton's right. He would never have passed this bill had people known what was in it," the Republican from Pennsylvania told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"What is happening here with people not being able to keep their insurance was known from day one. It was known in these private health plans that people would lose their plans."

Santorum, who sought the Republican nomination for president in 2012, said he fears more problems with the Affordable Care Act, beyond the flubbed website launch, are on the way.

"What people don't realize is that this is just the first of several shoes that are going to drop .... What I'm hearing from insurers is that the back end of the website — where the government has to communicate to the insurance companies — that is not even close to being fixed," he said.

"So you're going to have people who think they're signed up, but the insurance company has no idea who they are or who they have a policy with … And they're going to find out that the exchange products are not the same product as they had before.

"The exchange products are going to be much, much narrower. So you're going to go to a hospital that you've always gone to … say, 'Oh I have insurance' … and you're going to find out it's not covered, it's not on network, and you're going to be paying more for the very same thing that you were getting before."

He says the Obamacare and its disastrous rollout will undoubtedly be the top issue in the 2014 election year.

"How bad this thing is is going to be the issue of the campaign in 2014 and Republicans are going to take back the Senate as a result and make gains in the House," he said.

Santorum, now CEO of Echo Light Movie Studios, believes Hillary Clinton, who is perceived as the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, will steer clear of any association with the Affordable Care Act if she runs.

"She'll run from Obamacare. She'll say, oh, I was in Timbuktu when all this stuff happened, I was just worrying about the security of our country, I had no opinion on Obamacare; as you know, during the campaign, I was for something completely different," Santorum predicted.

"No, she will run from this and she will retrench, no question about it, as this thing becomes the disaster it's born to be."

The Republicans must come up with a viable alternative to the Affordable Care Act, Santorum believes.

"We can't be just the party of 'no' and we have to go out there with constructive ideas. And, by the way, there are lots of them," he said.

"I'll tip my hat to John McCain. John McCain's plan, actually, back in 2008, was a pretty reasonable plan, a pretty good starting place for reform. There are lots of good ideas out there. It's shifting it away from the government and putting it back in the hands of the families and individuals and giving them the choice and the quality that they deserve."

On the sweeping re-election of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is mulling a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, Santorum is skeptical the hugely popular Garden State lawmaker is the right candidate.

"This is what our folks have to understand, that no matter how much the media loves these folks because they're more moderate Republicans, they're going to hate them … they're going to make them into Attila the Hun by the time the election comes around," he said.

"The sad, sad point [is] that the media will be against these guys and we'd better have folks who are going to run for office who know how to play offense instead of defense."

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