He is running ads claiming that Annie Kuster, who supports the Affordable Care Act, is endorsing a “government takeover of health care.”
The fact checkers rate this as Untrue. I think that’s because the health insurance industry, the hospitals, the clinics – the whole medical industry – are all still under the same ownership as they were five years ago. Doctors are in private medical practice, they are not collecting government paychecks. Nothing was taken over. So the fact checkers said, WRONG.
But you need to look at it from Charlie’s point of view.
He wants to end Medicare and Social Security. Those programs offend him – I think partly because he is a right-wing ideologue who thinks they are socialist, and partly because even the wealthiest may have to chip in a little to fund those programs. Not on their stock portfolios and off-shore accounts, but on – for example – that trifling $340,000 in speaking fees that Romney was paid. (As the 99% try to get better jobs, or any jobs, the 1% tries to avoid the inconvenience of receiving “ordinary income.”)
From Charlie’s perspective, any program that helps the sick and injured get medical care, provided in private clinics by private doctors, is a Government Takeover.
It interferes with the pestilence and death that a truly free market can provide.