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At least one Republican member of Congress admits that Americans dying from lack of healthcare access isn’t a huge concern to him.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) isn’t waiting for a Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) to repeal President Obama’s signature healthcare reform law. King introduced an Obamacare repeal bill on the first day of the 115th Congress, and told NPR’s Robert Siegel that even if the healthcare law were repealed with no replacement, he would still view that as a better option than Obamacare.
While acknowledging that immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act would mean that roughly 20 million people would lose their health insurance, King wrote it off as collateral damage, stating that approximately 10.8 million of those people would still qualify for Medicaid. Although when it came to the remaining 9.2 million, Rep. King just shrugged.
“Under Obamacare, they always envisioned that 4 percent of the population would be uninsured even if it were fully implemented. So I wouldn’t want to be bogged down on that, but I would want to do the best thing we can for the maximum number of American people,” King said.
The Iowa Republican also made a particularly bizarre argument against the concept of healthcare as a right, seemingly saying that allowing Americans to die from lack of healthcare access should be the natural order of things if people don’t buy health insurance prior to getting sick or injured.
“If we guarantee people that we will – that there will be a policy issued to them regardless of them not taking the responsibility to buy insurance before they were sick, that’s the equivalent of waiting for your house is on fire and then buying property and casualty insurance,” King said.
This week, Senate Republicans took the initial steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act by targeting six crucial reforms within the landmark legislation. House Republicans have been instructed to deliver an Obamacare repeal bill by January 27.
Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at email@example.com, or follow him on Facebook.
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