Santorum: Fight Against Obamacare Just Like Nelson Mandela

Okay, we’re all used to hearing wingnuts say monumentally stupid things. I report them hear every day. But even with that constant phenomenon, Rick Santorum left me gobsmacked when he went on Bill O’Reilly’s show and said that the right wing’s fight against Obamacare is just like Nelson Mandela’s struggle against apartheid.

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  • Michael Heath

    The bigger a public policy advocate’s odds are that they’re either:

    a) about to lose electorally or

    b) be ignored,

    the more outrageous their analogies become.

    Victoria Jackson is the gold standard on the latter, Mr. Santorum is now approaching that standard. I have confidence Sarah Palin will say something soon to get back in the race.

  • marcus

    Santorum: Rectum as far as the eye can see.

  • daved

    For proper historical accuracy, maybe we could bury Santorum up to his neck on Robben Island. Just for starters.

  • raven

    1. Obamacare is a minor tweak to our existing system.

    There are 50 million uninsured. They are aiming for 7 million new insureds in the first year out of 317 million people.

    2. It is likely to prove popular and maybe even successful. The Tea Partiers are one of the demographics, low education, low socioeconomic status, uninsured.

    Reports are that Republicans are signing up in expected numbers. More GOPers than Democrats have put their up to age 26 children on their policies, to cite just one example.

    3. This is despite the active sabotage and endless lies by the Tea Party machine. As many have started pointing out, they do seem to hate America and poor people.

    I’d like to say this will come back and haunt them but it probably won’t. They will just sign up for the ACA and keep hating Obama and Obamacare.

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    It is too like Mandela’s struggle…

     

     

     It’s just that Frothypoop is on the other<b? side

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    Damn fingers!

    For ‘?’ read ‘>’

  • matty1

    My first thought on reading the headline was that he was calling on conservatives to oppose Obamacare the same as they opposed Mandela.

  • frog

    Raven@4:

    They will just sign up for the ACA and keep hating Obama and Obamacare.

    In a couple of years, they’ll be carrying signs that say, “Keep the government out of my health care insurance exchanges.”

  • caseloweraz

    Santorum: …the right wing’s fight against Obamacare is just like Nelson Mandela’s struggle against apartheid.

    Sure, because “ObamaCare” will put you in prison for 27 years, and give you tuberculosis.

    Checkmate, liberals!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    To be fair, a major plank of apartheid, for those not covered by their employer, by Medicaid, by Medicare or by Tri-Care was an Individual Mandate to purchase private health insurance on state-run (or state/federal for states that needed assistance, or federally-run for those states unable or unwilling to create and run their own) public exchanges.

    Learn your history, people!

  • jnorris

    I haven’t found where Mr Santorum spent 27 years in prison for opposing Obamacare. Now why isn’t that in his biography?

  • Jeremy Shaffer

    I was pretty young when Mandela was fighting the apartheid in South Africa, I was pretty young when it ended too, however, it’s my understanding that more than a few conservatives of that time often regarded Mandela as a terrorist. Maybe this is a Freudian slip on Santorum’s part and he is just telling us that he and those fighting against Obamacare are terrorists.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    For crying out loud, Nelson Mandela advocated expansion of the Nation Health Service to bring better health care to those who were not treated equally under the old system. This has continued with the drive for national health insurance.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    @Frog,

    In a couple of years, they’ll be carrying signs that say, “Keep the government out of my health care insurance exchanges.”

    This is even more likely than the famously stupid “government keep out of my Medicare” because the exchanges run by the states offer private policies with big name private insurers. Only now, the purchaser is treated more like someone who is part of a group plan typical of employee health insurance. No denials of insurance and rates that reflect a true pool as opposed to charging astronomical amounts for odler and sick people. And no worthless policies that were designed to hoodwink people. Of course, to create this pool the mandate is necessary, but I could see those who are 60 years old who hold an affordable blue cross policy through an exchange, quickly coming to feel that ACA gets none of the credit and is actually threatenting to mess up their private Freeedom Insurance.

  • Ichthyic

    he went on Bill O’Reilly’s show and said that the right wing’s fight against Obamacare is just like Nelson Mandela’s struggle against apartheid.

    but, the right wing says Mandela was a terrorist.

    so the right wing now wants to claim that mantle for themselves?

    Alright then, about time they embraced that they really are terrorists.

  • Ichthyic

    I haven’t found where Mr Santorum spent 27 years in prison for opposing Obamacare. Now why isn’t that in his biography?

    we better fix that omission immediately.

    Officer, ARREST THAT MAN!