Republican opinion writer Ann Coulter said Monday night that a defeat for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would ensure “the end of America” because the Affordable Care Act wouldn’t be repealed.
“I travel to [sic] America a lot,” she said during a Monday appearance with Fox News host Sean Hannity. “Just this year I’ve spent time in seven of the 10 swing states, which is part of the reason I’m so confident I’ll be back Wednesday night for the victory party. People are really suffering out there. People are unemployed, under employed and most of all, everyone sees Obamacare coming down the track. And that is really — that’s the end of America.”
She added: “If we don’t overturn that in the next few years, we become a pathetic western European country without the cobblestone streets, and most of all, without America out there to protect us.”
Coulter added, correctly in fact, that the nation’s spending on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and debt service are projected to overrun the budget relatively soon. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says that spending on federal assistance will exceed government revenues by 2026 if Congress does not enact higher tax rates on the wealthy, reform the programs or both.
It’s also important to note that unlike the single-payer health care systems built by European nations, even under health reform the U.S. still maintains a private insurance conglomerate that pays for care, which studies show to be far less cost effective than systems in countries like Britain, which Coulter apparently thinks of as “pathetic.”
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
Raw Story is a progressive news site that focuses on stories often ignored in the mainstream media. While giving coverage to the big stories of the day, we also bring our readers' attention to policy, politics, legal and human rights stories that get ignored in an infotainment culture driven solely by pageviews.
Founded in 2004, Raw Story reaches 5 million unique readers per month and serves more than 19 million pageviews.