According to Representative David Brat, preventing people from dying in the street because they don’t have insurance makes us North Korea.
I’ll give him props — at least he refrained from going for the obvious comparison that conservatives usually reach for when it comes to Obamacare: Nazi Germany.
During a conversation with Lars Larson at the “Hold Their Feet To The Fire” conference, Brat accused Obamacare of moving us away from a “free market system.”
Brat in particular zeroed in on a PolitiFact article that took issue with a March 17 statement that Brat had made. At the time, Brat said that repealing Obamacare would save the United States more than $2 trillion. This, of course, isn’t true, and PolitiFact pointed that out.
Brat, however, disagreed with the fact checking agency’s conclusions and told Larson that the United States was endangered by a shift away from the Free Market™®© (gotta get all the religious symbols in there).
“Look at every country in the world,” Brat said. “Look at North Korea and South Korea. It’s the same culture, it’s the same people, look at a map at night, half the, one of the countries is not lit, there’s no lights, and the bottom free-market country, all Koreans, is lit up. See you make your bet on which country you want to be, right? You want to go free market.”
“We have poverty on the rise because we’re moving away from free markets,” Brat added.
It’s funny he should compare the two. See, South Korea has had a universal healthcare system in place since the 1980s.
Brat also called business a “morally good calling” and lamented that this wasn’t being taught in schools. I’d call this confusing religion and economics, but really, given how much they have in common, a certain degree of confusion might be expected.
You can listen to the audio below: