Libertarian Matt Kibbe says the Obama administration's celebration of hitting its target of 7 million registrants for healthcare through the Affordable Care Act is off base because it's actually a celebration of government itself.
"The whole problem with big government progressivism is [that] for all of the promises about helping people, the fact of the matter is there's always a middle man," Kibbe told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"There's always somebody that's actually benefiting from these big-government programs. In this case, it's insurance companies that cut that deal that forces young people to buy something they don't need," he said Tuesday.
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Kibbe, author of "Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto,"
said Republicans offer the best road to liberty, but the spread of the Internet is destabilizing the two-party system – a disruption that is particularly hard on the GOP.
"Politics generally, both Democrats and Republicans, it's becoming more democratized, more decentralized, because of the Internet and because of people's ability to find out what's actually going on," Kibbe said. "That's going to shake up both parties, and you're seeing that in the so called civil war in the Republican Party right now."
Republicans are constantly on the lookout for the next Ronald Reagan-type candidate, who Kibbe said espoused Libertarian principles. But instead of focusing on winning elections, Kibbe said the focus should be on creating an informed, engaged electorate.
"We're not just trying to win an election, we're trying to restore those values that made America the place of opportunity, the place where anybody can get ahead."
Asked his prediction for the November midterm elections, Kibbe said Republicans will do well if they play to Libertarian values.
"Republicans take the Senate, Republicans gain in the House, and they're going to win if they run on the ideas of freedom," he said.
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