Santorum to Sanders: ‘Why Would Embrace a Health Care System that Mirrors’ the V.A.?
BLITZER: "What would you ask Hillary Clinton if you were at the town hall that CNN’s televising Monday night with the Democratic presidential candidates in Iowa and you stood up and said, madam secretary?”
SANTORUM: “Madam Secretary, the pew foundation last week joined the CATO institute, which say libertarian think tank, they joined the CATO institute on a conference on how to undo and redo health care in America. Pew was a huge supporter of the affordable care act. Supported it, helped promote it. They now announced it’s broken, it can’t be fixed. If honest liberals realized this system is broken, why are you embracing it? Why are you going to continue to condemn people to high premiums, losing their coverage? This is not working. Why are you still embracing it?”
BLITZER: "What would you ask Senator Sanders, who’s doing remarkably well?”
SANTORUM: “Why would you embrace a health care system that mirrors the veterans administration, government-run health care, when we know, unfortunately, if we can’t take care of those we owe so much to, our veterans that have such a powerful support network around this country to make sure they’re getting the best care, if the V.A. can’t do that for veterans, what makes you think that government-run health care for everybody is going to be any better than the V.A. care?”
BLITZER: "His argument is he wants Medicare, which works for seniors; I assume you agree with that. He likes Medicare. He wants it to be expanded to be for everyone.”
SANTORUM: “Part of Medicare is government run. Part is private sector. The drug program is more private sector oriented. The only part of Medicare coming in under budget. I have no — obviously I’m a supporter of Medicare but I think we need to change Medicare to bring in more market forces, to bring in more patient quality and control. Bernie Sanders wants to go the other direction.”