Yesterday, in what is sure to be a shock to more than one million Missourians enrolled in the program, republican senate nominee Rep. Todd Akin doubled down on his extremist views of Medicare and called the program a "typically flawed, big government solution" and then went on to advocate for privatizing Social Security.
You'll remember that this isn't the first time Akin has expressed these views. Akin previously said he doubts the constitutionality of Medicare:
Akin’s remarks questioning the constitutionality of Medicare came as he was explaining his vote against prescription coverage under the medical plan for seniors and people with disabilities. He said it was too expensive, and ‘it was expanding an entitlement I wasn’t too comfortable with to begin with.’ Asked about the remarks after the meeting, Akin said, ‘I don’t find in the Constitution that it is the job of the government to provide health care.’”
It's clear from his previous comments as well as his remarks yesterday doubling down on his desire to end Medicare and privatize Social Security, Todd Akin is too extreme for Missouri.
Full transcript after the jump.
Akin on KCMO Talk Radio -- August 8, 2012:
KNAPP: Well, what do you want to do to Medicare?
AKIN: Well, I think what we need to do is, what we have to do with Medicare is... It's a typically flawed, big government solution. In Medicare you have got the government setting prices for things. Anytime the government sets any price for anything you've got trouble. You need to have that done in the marketplace. So, first thing off I think you want to get rid of all of those government set prices for healthcare things and allow people to just bid on that business. So, people that are in Medicare will have the opportunity to choose somebody that's going to provide services for them and they can choose between different things, different providers. So, if somebody doesn't do a good job for you, boom, you move to something else. So, that's one of the first things that's in Medicare that's got to be done is to get rid of all the government price setting.
KNAPP: Are you still looking to partially privatize [Social Security]?
AKIN: Well, I think the first thing in Social Security, I don't know if you'd call this privatizing, I think, and this is where I think FDR was cheating on this system, that would be if you put money, and your employer puts money into Social Security for your retirement, why should that be in a little account that you can see the money and watch it grow? Why should be just take that money and spend it on general, all kinds of things that the government wants to spend money on it. We're spending other people’s retirement. Why shouldn't that money go into some account? Maybe it's held by the government; maybe you can’t get your hands on it very easily. But at least the money should go into your account instead of just sort of disappearing in the vapors as big government boys want to spend it all now and forget about what's going to happen tomorrow.