Most of the lawsuits filed by States Attorneys’ General against “Obamacare” have been done so for bullshit reasons, mainly for political points and completely unrelated to healthcare, or healthcare reform. The Rushpubliscum Party is a handmaiden to health insurers, and wants in any way that it can to restore their right to rescind insurance to those who fall ill, and deny it to those with chronic conditions. If 5 people die, or 5000 die, so the CEO of United Healthcare can keep his billion dollars in pay and perks, that’s just fine with Rushpubliscums.
So… imagine my surprise to find that a Rushpubliscum State Attorney General has the issue right, even if the nature of his lawsuit is wrong. I’m rather shocked that Buddy Caldwell would even say what he said in the current political climate. But he did, and I appreciate it.
According to one Republican attorney general in the lawsuit against the health care individual mandate, the problem with Obamacare is that it’s not a government takeover of health care.
ThinkProgress spoke with Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Caldwell opposes Obamacare and the individual mandate, but for a different reason than most of his fellow litigants: it props up the private health insurance industry. “Insurance companies are the absolute worst people to handle this kind of business,” he declared. “I trust the government more than insurance companies.” Caldwell went on to endorse the idea of a single-payer health care system, saying it’d “be a whole lot better” than Obamacare:
KEYES: You don’t think the subsidies for low-income people are going to be helpful?
CALDWELL: No, no. The worst thing you can do is give it to an insurance company. I want to make my point. All insurance companies are controlled in their particular state. If you have a hurricane come up the east coast, the first one that’s going to leave you when they gotta pay too many claims is an insurance company. Insurance companies are the absolute worst people to handle this kind of business. I trust the government more than insurance companies. If the government wants to put forth a policy where they will pay for everything and you won’t have to go through an insurance policy, that’d be a whole lot better.
If the Rushpubliscums were running THIS guy nationally, they’d have my ear, if not my vote. And maybe my vote.