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Rick Santorum Says Obamacare is a Way to Allow Non-Democratic Voters to Die by Denying Them Healthcare

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Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is still a very busy man, even after his failed bid to win the 2012 Republican nomination. Stepping outside of the political arena, he’s produced a faith-based Christmas movie. But rather than going on the typical movie promotion tour (he’s arguably the biggest “name” associated with the film, with the possible exception of Susan Boyle of Britain’s Got Talent fame), he continues to gain attention via his political statements. Recently, he drew criticism for appearing on Fox News and comparing Apartheid to Obamacare while discussing the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

Despite telling the New York Daily News that he has not even made “internal decisions” about whether or not to run for President again, he continues to double-down on his opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Appearing at the Young Americans for Freedom event held last week at the Reagan Ranch, Santorum suggested that Obamacare was a way for Democrats to deny healthcare to those who don’t vote for them.

Initially, his statements drew laughter from the crowd. Only after the first round of laughs, he continued his making the point. “It’s actually a pretty clever system,” he told the crowd in a video clip posted on Buzzfeed, “Take care of the people who can vote and people who can’t vote, get rid of them quickly, so they can’t vote against you.” The crowd was uncomfortably silent after he reiterated the point. He also said, earlier in the clip, “And the reason [you can’t take “free” healthcare away] is because most people don’t get sick, and so free health care is just that, free healthcare until you get sick. Then if you get sick and you don’t get healthcare, you die and you don’t vote.”

While it remains somewhat unclear what his point was, Santorum still seems to fundamentally misunderstand the Affordable Care Act. Given reports of increasing premiums, Obamacare is certainly not “free healthcare.” Although, since only a portion of the speech was made available, the context of these comments—which also references Margaret Thatcher—isn’t wholly clear.

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Recently another of Santorum’s more outlandish of predictions somewhat came true last week. According to The Daily Beast, regarding the repeal of anti-sodomy laws, Santorum said in 2003, “If the Supreme Court says you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery.” Last week—the same day Santorum spoke to the Young Americans for Freedom—a federal judge ruled that Utah’s anti-polygamy law was unconstitutional in the case against TLC Sister Wives stars Kody Brown and his wives. While it doesn’t make bigamy—holding multiple marriage licenses—legal, it does suggest that because adultery is not a punishable offense by law, why should a consensual plural relationship be? So while it’s not exactly right, Santorum tweeted, “I hate it when what I predict comes true.”