GOP Senate Hopeful Sasse: Obamacare '2,300 Pages of Slush'

Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 11:56 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Nebraskans don't like Obamacare, not only because of the "2,300 pages of slush in the law" but also because of a "world view" that fosters government dependency, Ben Sasse, Republican candidate for the Senate in Nebraska, said Tuesday.

"When Nebraskans talk about Obamacare, they don't just mean just the 2,300 pages of slush in the law. They mean something about the world view that they see as Obamacare," Sasse told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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A former U.S. assistant secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush, Sasse was featured on the cover of National Review magazine Friday as a rising conservative star in the Republican Party. He announced his candidacy in July for the Senate to fill the seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Mike Johanns.

The people of Nebraska are more interested in moving "toward more independence" and not looking to the government to fix the problems in healthcare, Sasse maintained.

"They see Obamacare as this flawed world view that says if something's big and broken, only the federal government can solve it, and we need to treat people as if they need to be more dependent on government. That's not what they want," he said.

The health sector before Obamacare was "a mess," but the new healthcare law ultimately will not be "implementable," Sasse maintained. He argued Obamacare's problems were not because of too little government, but "too much government creating too many of these rules."

A workable alternative to Obamacare, Sasse explained, would be to "create portability" and transfer coordination of healthcare to the states. He also suggested fixing the tax code, so people "can buy policies that aren't loaded up with a whole bunch of benefits that they don't need, or wouldn't choose to buy."

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