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Roy Blunt: It would have been "best" if Medicare and Medicaid never existed

Today on The Eagle 93.9, Roy Blunt shared some pretty incredible thoughts on the problems of public health care. 

Government health care programs are so awful, Blunt said, that it would have been "best" if federal government never got "in the health care business" in the first place -- and never created Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration health care, SCHIP or any other program that he believes might "distort the marketplace." Listen:

Blunt's rhetoric about "more choice" and the beauty of the marketplace are standard, though not illuminating in any way. But his suggestion that Medicare and Medicaid should never have even existed is a downright radical proposition.

Listen to the whole interview here.

Here's a transcript of Blunt's response to a question about the

HOST MIKE FERGUSON: What is the proper role of government, and what are the potential impacts of the direction that we're going right now?

BLUNT: Well, you could certainly argue that government should have never have gotten in the health care business, and that might have been the best argument of all, to figure out how people could have had more access to a competitive marketplace.

Government did get into the health care business in a big way in 1965 with Medicare, and later with Medicaid, and government already distorts the marketplace.

A government competitor would drive all the other competitors away. What we should be doing is creating more competition. One of the reasons the marketplace doesn't work the way it should work right now is we really don't have the competitive marketplace that I'd like to see put in place.

I'd like to see people have many more options, instead of fewer options. The option, for instance, to continue to get insurance at work, but also take that same tax benefit and use it on their own and use it in the new marketplace that Republicans advocate... [Blunt cuts out]

Are there any other mainstream politicians saying it would have been best for everyone if we never created Medicare or Medicaid?  Or provided health care for our veterans?  Or started the SCHIP program? 



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