King compares Obamacare opposition to murder in interview

Maine's independent U.S. Sen. Angus King says conservatives trying to dissuade people from enrolling in Obamacare "are guilty of murder in my opinion.”

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U.S. Sen. Angus King

King explained his views on the value of the Affordable Care Act in an interview with Salon's Brian Beutler. Last week, King said that an insured health exam discovered a mole that turned out to be melanoma during a speech on the U.S. Senate floor.

That's why King believes people need to take advantage of healthcare coverage.

“Some of those people they persuade are going to end up dying because they don’t have health insurance," King said. "For people who do that to other people in the name of some obscure political ideology is one of the grossest violations of our humanity I can think of. ”

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is a controversial 900-plus-page federal law (officially the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that was signed by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. It makes some sweeping changes to health care, like requiring almost all Americans to have health insurance.

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Gerald Weinand's picture

It should come as no surprise

It should come as no surprise that one of the lead groups encouraging young people to not purchase health insurance is the creation of the Koch brothers - Generation Opportunity.

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

The shutdown

They just announced on the news that WIC benefits would be suspended with the shutdown. Now I have to wonder why these babies are acceptable collateral damage to people who claim to care about babies. Perhaps they think these babies deserve to suffer or it is worth hurting them to prove a point. Well at least the politicians are raking in campaign money with this stunt.

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

Republican logic

They are fervently against abortion but it is perfectly OK if a woman is poor and can't afford health care for her baby to die from lack of medical care. It is perfectly OK if the insurance company labels women as having a pre-existing condition because they might get pregnant so they can't get or can't afford health insurance. And it is perfectly OK for an insurance company to deny coverage for a baby that is born sick. The Affordable Care Act would protect all of these babies but the only ones Republicans want to protect are the ones that would create a health hazard for the mother.

CAROLYN LIBBEY's picture

Really, Mr. King. I've got

Really, Mr. King. I've got news for you--people die with health insurance. Just what's in your stock portfolio? I remember how fervent you were about supplying the schools with endless laptops--can you say "Microsoft?"

Eric  LeBlanc's picture

Angus KIng is a weasel

It's the ones who support abortion who are the real murderers.

Claudette Therriault's picture

Really? So you are pro-life

Really? So you are pro-life until a child is born. Good for you! What about the children who are starving to death...yes, in this country. What about people with no health insurance, and what about the elderly who need food and medication? Evidently, pro-life ends at birth for you.

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

Rights

Republicans are all about protecting our rights. Like they are protecting our right to die or go bankrupt from illness or accident. They protect our right to be shot in almost any public place. And they protect our right to go without food or shelter in the event life turns catastrophic. Thanks for nothing guys.

Claudette Therriault's picture

I agree with you Claire. I

I agree with you Claire. I wish there were more like Angus King in Congress. So glad he is sticking to what he feels his right!

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