GOP presidential candidates are ‘more interested in taking advantage of the system’ than fixing it
The GOP presidential contenders have spent much of the last year making it abundantly clear that they don’t want to fix the problems with the federal government’s health care system.
But when asked about the country’s current health care woes in an interview with ABC News’ This Week, some of the candidates made it clear that there’s one issue they believe they’re more interested in addressing than any other: taking advantage by paying more people.
“The health care debate in the United States is a very complex one, but there is one issue that really matters to me,” former Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush said.
“And that is: What’s the best way to help the poor?”
The former Florida governor added that his party’s “political strategy is going to be based on what’s best for the poor and middle class, and that’s what I’m going to focus on.”
“And the way to do that is to take advantage of what’s working,” he said.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said that he wants to help people get health care “because I believe in the value of helping people.”
Former Arkansas Gov.
Mike Huckabee, a Republican presidential candidate, said he thinks “there’s no way” the United State can achieve universal health care.
In addition to calling out Democrats for being the “lunatics” who would “take advantage” of the current system, he added, “We’ve got to be the party of the poor, and we’ve got a lot of work to do to make that happen.”
In a joint interview with the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple, Bush and Santorum said the Affordable Care Act is the “biggest change” in the nation’s health-care system since the creation of Medicare in 1965.
But the two candidates said they believe the country can and should make changes to the system.
“If we’re going to go back to a system where we have to pay for everybody, that’s a big problem,” Bush said, according to the Post.
“Because we have too many people that don’t pay, because the cost of health care is too high.
And so I believe we can make a difference in this country.”
And, in the same interview, he said the “vast majority” of Americans, regardless of political affiliation, support the health care overhaul.
The interview was conducted March 13 and 14 and has been edited for clarity.