On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Thursday, host Mark Levin railed against politicians in Washington D.C., declaring that “[r]ight now, we are in a state of servitude to Obamacare,” and “we’re not a free people.”
“Right now, we are in a state of servitude to Obamacare,” said Mark Levin. “We are in a state of servitude to whatever the Republicans are cooking up. We’re not a free people. We’re not an independent people.”
Levin’s comments came after the GOP failed to pass their health care reform bills, the House version AHCA and Senate version BCRA, and after President Trump’s meeting with GOP senators, wherein Trump declared, “We have to repeal and replace Obamacare.”
Below is a transcript of Levin’s remarks from the Thursday show:
Levin: “I have a series of questions for you, ladies and gentlemen, as we watch this debacle: first, the passage of Obamacare – the way it was rammed through – and now the disaster of what should be a simple repeal.
“Are we capable of choosing our own health care policies? I mean, you and me. Are we capable of choosing our own health care policies?
“Are we capable of making our own health care decisions? That’s what it comes down to.
“All the talk about Medicaid, all the talk about— All that aside, are we not a free people, an independent people?
“Conversely, do you trust politicians and bureaucrats to make decisions about your health care and the health care of your family? If you do, which politicians and which bureaucrats do you trust to make these decisions? Which department and agencies of the federal government, and why?
“We’ve reached a point in our country, ladies and gentlemen, where liberty is defined through government subsidies and welfare and pensions and other forms of entitlements. That’s not liberty. That’s servitude.
“Right now, right now, we are in a state of servitude to Obamacare. We are in a state of servitude to whatever the Republicans are cooking up. We’re not a free people. We’re not an independent people.
“I heard something incredibly extraordinary, incredibly extraordinary. Lamar Alexander – he’s been a governor; he’s been a senator; he was secretary of education – your quintessential Republican, RINO. I want you to listen very, very carefully to this.
“Cut one, go.
Alexander: “It’s obvious to me, number one, that the president favors repeal and replace. Of course, we can’t repeal it all. We’re repealing parts of the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with parts we think will improve it. And that’s the main thing.
Reporter: “Do you favor that too?”
Alexander: “I favor that too. I don’t think there are 40 votes to repeal and say to the American people, ‘Well, trust us to come up with something in the next couple of years. …”
“That’s my focus, and it appears to be nobody else’s focus. ‘Trust us to come up with something in the next couple of years.’ The man is a diehard progressive. I don’t trust them to come up with anything in the next couple of years, do you?
“I trust the American people, American ingenuity, American entrepreneurship. I trust Americans to take care of Americans through the only system that creates prosperity, through the only system that creates competition, through the only system that creates new products and inventions and technologies, and that’s the market system.
“Even if we repeal Obamacare, there’s still massive government involvement in our health care system. And that will remain, unfortunately.
“So we’re not talking about pure, free market capitalism as applied to health care. We’re saying, get rid of Obamacare, and let us, to the extent that we can, make our own decisions, allow our family to make its own decisions about what kind of medical care we want, what kind of health care policy we choose.
“You know best.
“And to pretend that every one of us is a welfare case—
“The government drives up the cost of medical care. The government drives up the cost of these policies. The government drives up the deductibles. The government is creating waiting lists and rationing. And the idea that all of us should be wards of the government, wards of the state, incapable of making our own decisions, has to be fought. This idea must be stopped.”