The Tea Party revolution was all about opposing ObamaCare
Q: I remember your case against Mitt Romney. You believed that health care was the way to defeat President Obama. You said you can't nominate Mitt Romney, because he can't do it. Do you feel vindicated?
RICK SANTORUM: Well, it was the issue in 2010
that caused us to have the Tea Party revolution. It was all around the issue of health care. And this election is going to be all around the issue of health care. And they are two great elections for Republicans. 2012 was not about health care.
Q: Missed opportunity now getting back politically?
SANTORUM: You know, that's the area that really was my strength. I was the first person that introduced health savings accounts, and the Congress worked on Medicare and Medicaid reform
when I was there. I felt like we had the opportunity to really focus on that: Look at what ObamaCare is really doing. It's driving up costs right now. I think you're going to see these numbers not be as encouraging as the administration has pointed out.
OpEd: ObamaCare & bailouts both just throw money at problem
Barack Obama was muscling his trillion-dollar health-care bill through Congress. The more Americans learned about the president's plan, the less they liked it.
People in South Carolina were outraged by what they were seeing in Washington.
For the Tea Party and many others, ObamaCare was just one more in a long train of Washington abuses that had begun with the TARP bailout. I shared their outrage.
Everything I had fought against in Columbia was happening in Washington, and, what's more, the taxpayers would soon be handed an outrageous bill for it.
As far as I was concerned, the health-care law was a part of the same DC mentality that had given us the bailouts: Don't fix the problem, just throw it back on the taxpayers and have them pay for it.
Rise up against takeover of banks, cars, & health insurance
When our government introduced an income tax in 1862 as a temporary wartime measure, we did not rise up. When it made that "temporary" tax measure permanent in 1913, we did not rise up. We did not stage a revolution when the government taxed our coffee,
our sodas, our cigarettes, or our beer. We did not rise up when it created vast, expensive, and unaccountable bureaucracies to seize control over our commerce, our workplaces, transportation, energy, treasury, charity, justice, the ground we walk upon,
the air we breathe, the water we drink , the food we eat, our security, the arts, and the education of our children.
Only after the government seized control over our banks, our mortgages, our cars, our insurance, and took dead aim at controlling
our health--our very lives--along with 1/6 of the entire US economy, while going into debt for more money than all of us produce in an entire year--only then did we rise up in the 2nd American Revolution: the modern-day Tea Party movement.
Replace ObamaCare with healthcare interstate compacts
Health care is the perfect subject to be addressed by an interstate compact. Any industry that represents 1/6 of the American economy is simply too large for bureaucrats in Washington to oversee effectively.
Health care compacts themselves don't impose a one-size-fits-all approach on any state. They allow each individual state to choose what solution it believes is best for its citizens.
Will some states implement systems that aren't compatible with the Tea Party movement's core values of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and constitutionally limited government? Of course.
Are we okay with that? Absolutely. Power to the people.
The alternative is the very real prospect of the socialization of the nation's health-care system at a national level.
Tort reform needed to avoid costs of "Defensive Medicine"
There is yet another cost to today's litigious atmosphere, which proponents of tort reform hope to clear up: the devastating cost to
American's health-care system due to the unnecessarily large number of tests ordered by doctors who live under the daily threat of malpractice claims.
The name for this phenomenon is Defensive Medicine, and it describes how doctors today are forced to order "unnecessary tests and treatments to avoid potential lawsuits.
This literally adds hundreds of billions of dollars to the cost of health care every year. "
In the President's speech tonight, we heard more well-scripted rhetoric. Now let me tell you what we did not hear. We did not hear the real facts about the state of the union. Facts don't lie. Here are some of the facts you did not hear:
We did not
hear about how Obamacare is coming up short of what the President and his administration thought that it would. It was supposed to help bring down health care costs, it has not. It was supposed to help keep health insurance costs down, it did not.
Hundreds and hundreds of companies are asking for waivers in order to be able to try to keep the health insurance plan that they have, because if they convert over to Obamacare, they won't be able to afford it, they may not
be able to provide health insurance to their employees at all. Obamacare simply needs to be repealed because it was forced down our throats to begin with.
OpEd: Tea Party came from angry "No to ObamaCare!"
The Tea Party gained critical mass. Ordinary American woke up and said, "I've had enough!" They could see Obama's attempt to transform America into something unrecognizable: one part European-style socialism, one part trendy playground of
multiculturalism, one part laboratory for progressive relativism, and one part lawless war zone of governmental gangsterism. And so they reached back into their history to find ways to show their opposition.
We all remember the congressional town-hall
meetings I the summer of 2009 -those exuberant, colorful, sometimes even rowdy moments when the independent spirits of Americans erupted. "No to Obamacare!" they shouted. The mainstream media often tried to ignore those displays, but the new media were
no bypassing the old-media blockade. You could see the shocked expressions on the face of liberal politicians as they were confronted by their own angry constituents.
Civil society is reasserting itself and indeed has begun energetically reclaiming its traditional role from government. The most potent force here, of course, is the tea party movement. Dedicated to countering the growing and unaccountable power of
government, the tea party is a diffuse network of thousands of local organizations that is changing the way their fellow citizens and especially our elected leaders conceive of government power. Consider just one example of tea party activism: "The Ohio
Project." This grassroots effort aims to gather support for a state constitutional amendment to preserve Ohioans' freedom to choose their health insurance. The project's organizers and volunteers are driven to action because ObamaCare, according to the
group, is an "unprecedented concept of federal power [that] would redefine the nation as we know it." The tea party is demonstrating that the free institutions of civil society can reassert their rights and restore government to its limited role.