Joni Earnst, the Tea Party-aligned Republican Senate candidate from Iowa, doesn’t understand why anyone would need health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Why can’t they just go to the churches and get antibiotics, vaccines or open heart surgery?
In audio obtained by Iowa Public Radio, Senate hopeful Joni Ernst told a group of reporters that the reason Republicans oppose Obamacare is because the job of caring for the poor is simply not the purview of government. The poor, she said, should rely on churches and charitable organizations for help.
“We’re looking at Obamacare right now,” Ernst said. “Once we start with those benefits in January, how are we going to get people off of those? It’s exponentially harder to remove people once they’ve already been on those programs.”“We have lost a reliance on not only our own families, but so much of what our churches and private organizations used to do,” she went on. “They used to have wonderful food pantries. They used to provide clothing for those that really needed it, but we have gotten away from that. Now we’re at a point where the government will just give away anything. We have to stop that.”
Maybe she thinks that if sick people go to a church instead of a doctor, they can be faith-healed instead of having their medical conditions treated. And people say the Republicans don’t have a viable alternative on health care…