GOP senator to Fox News: Providing access to health care just makes people lazy

By David Edwards
Sunday, February 9, 2014 16:29 EDT
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Roy Blunt speaks to Fox News
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Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) on Sunday suggested that President Barack Obama’s health care law would make some people so lazy that they didn’t want to work at all.

Last week, Republicans used a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report that said 2.3 million less hours would be worked after the Affordable Care Act was implemented to claim that the law was destroying jobs.

A Washington Post fact check, however, pointed out that access to health care meant that people would no longer be forced to work if their only reason for working was to receive insurance benefits.

But on Sunday, Blunt stuck to the Republican talking point, saying that providing health care “can’t be a good idea” if it allowed people who were only working for health insurance benefits to leave the workforce.

“I think any law you pass that discourages people from working can’t be a good idea,” the Missouri Republican asserted. “Why would we wanna do that? Why would we think that’s a good thing? How does that allow people to prepare for the time when they don’t work?”

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), who also appeared on Fox News Sunday, was ready with an answer.

“They’re in employment solely because they get health benefits,” Cardin explained. “This is a voluntary choice.”

“In some cases, these people might have two jobs because of these health benefits,” he added. “Now, they don’t need to work two full-time jobs to get their health benefits.”

Blunt refused to accept Cardin’s argument.

“The best face you can probably put on that is that people who don’t wanna work don’t have to work,” Blunt insisted. “Surely that’s not what we wanna encourage.”

Watch the video below from Fox News Sunday, broadcast Feb. 9, 2014.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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