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Rep. Weatherford: Obamacare 'Unsustainable'

Tuesday, 01 Oct 2013 05:40 PM

By Cathy Burke and John Bachman

A "ton of glitches" and anticipated pricey premiums under the newly implemented Affordable Care Act underscores that "government-run healthcare just doesn't work," Florida State Rep. Will Weatherford said Tuesday.

The speaker of the Florida House said in an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV that whether it's Obamacare or, in Florida, a proposed expansion of Medicaid, "centralized government planning" is fraught with problems.

Weatherford pointed to an expected rise in premiums for Obamacare and a large penalty if you don't sign up and remain uninsured.

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"Premiums are going up and when you look at the premiums and the fact that they're taxing people if you don't buy healthcare insurance, it's the largest tax increase in the history of this country," he maintained.

"When you factor in this ... new cost of healthcare that has been driven up by Obamacare, it's unsustainable. I mean I really don't know how young people are going to afford it."

He also railed at the problems exposed by the rollout of the new health law.

"There's a ton of glitches taking place today — I heard 34 states are having problems," he said. "It's just been one problem after another with Obamacare."

Though Florida Gov. Rick Scott favors the expansion of Medicaid in the state, Weatherford disagrees, saying he doesn't think the program "is the right vehicle to deliver" healthcare insurance.

"In fact, it's one of the worst forms of insurance you can get in this country," he charged, noting the state burden could run into the billions of dollars.

"Before we jump into the water and pat ourselves on the back and claim that we've given more people health insurance, we should fully understand the long-term implications of what Medicaid expansion could do to our budget and to our state," he said.

"And look, government-run healthcare just doesn't work. Centralized government planning for people's live [doesn't] work. The free market and free enterprise is the true answer to this problem."



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