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Rick Santorum: Obamacare Is Like Apartheid, I’m Like Mandela

by David Badash on December 6, 2013

in News,Politics

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Just a few hours after Nelson Mandela died yesterday, Rick Santorum pulled up a chair to talk with Bill O’Reilly and epically embarrassed himself — and offended the memory of the late South African leader.

The failed former GOP Senator and presidential candidate actually compared Obamacare — which will save lives and help millions of people access affordable health care — to Apartheid, a system that imposed racial segregation on millions and was responsible for the murder of at least hundreds.

After O’Reilly said Mandela was “a great man. But he was a communist,” Santorum agreed, and turned the conversation into one about Obamacare.

“Nelson Mandela stood up against a great injustice and was willing to pay a huge price for that. That’s the reason he’s mourned today, because of that struggle that he performed,” Santorum said. “But you’re right, I mean, what he was advocating for was not necessarily the right answer, but he was fighting against some great injustice, and I would make the argument that we have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever-increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people’s lives, and Obamacare is front and center in that.”

Tommy Christopher at Mediaite disputes O’Reilly’s charge, noting it was also a “a charge leveled against Mandela by the white Apartheid government, but which he denied.”

Slate’s Dave Weigel offered this response last night:

 

Of course, Santorum is not the sharpest crayon in the box.

As Think Progress mentions, after “bringing an end to apartheid rule, Mandela enshrined in the new South African constitution a fundamental right to health care for all citizens, and introduced a government-funded public health care system to help cover those who could not afford the private system already in place. That was the foundation for a new universal health care system the country unveiled two years ago, which is now expanding to cover the entire country by 2026.”

Santorum also took a moment to explain why Obamacare is “cool.”

“And the cool thing about Obamacare is that it’s not only bad for the economy, not only bad for people’s health, it’s also bad for freedom of conscience — it’s also bad for a whole variety of issues that will energize all across America.”

Meanwhile, Paul Constant over at the Slog, had this to say about Santorum’s comparison: “Fuck You, Rick Santorum.”

Watch:

 

Hat tip: The Raw Story

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{ 7 comments }

libtheo December 6, 2013 at 3:53 pm

If you're the one who has to compare yourself to a hero/revolutionary, then you're being neither revolutionary nor heroic.

StanJames December 6, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Santorum name isnt spelled quite right – he's an absolute nut case and his correct name is Sanatorium. he's abpout as nuts as the "fixed gays" who are publically known as victims of child abuse

You dont know what crazy means until you spend like I did a couple years of monthly meetings with one of those vicims. I'll spare you the details and pscyh stuff because we haven't yet passed a law here in MD where I live banning this fake therapy and how it twists minds

MiddleGrounds December 6, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Aaaand…any chance of him ever getting to be President just got shot down. I love it when they shoot themselves in the foot.

James_M_Martin December 6, 2013 at 11:39 pm

He never had a chance of being president. He carried one state in GOP primaries and never got the kind of funding it would take to go all the way. He is a one issue candidate and voters are smart enough to see through his shallow, doctrinaire policies, which are fundamentalist Christian and extreme. No woman would vote for someone who thinks women should be made to give live birth to a baby whose advent will kill the mother. Besides, as everyone knows, Santorum is a homosexual. Anybody who goes to such lengths to dis gays — Scott Lively and Tony Perkins are a couple of others — just have to be gay. That was the subject of a "Psychology Today" article they might want to read. It's at: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-sexual-co

Towanda December 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I hate how often I comment on this man. I should know better than to give him any sort of attention, but I can't just let this go by. For Santorum to compare himself to one of the most renowned heroes and revolutionaries of all time for his opinions about the Affordable Care Act, especially right after that person has just passed away, is low even for him. On what planet is it logical to compare dedicating your life to fighting against the injustices of apartheid and the oppression black South Africans faced under it to fighting for an employer to deny birth control to a woman because of the employer's religious beliefs? Santorum has gone from a comical clown that I laugh at to something so undeniably crass and evil that it almost defies comprehension.

tomchicago01 December 6, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Dear Rick, you go off the rails–again–when you use the word "but" as a qualifier when you grudgingly acknowledge the struggle and triumph of NM. He was a leader and a hero, period. You are a bush league player compared to the league of NM.

BalkanScholar December 6, 2013 at 6:34 pm

He's always had such delusions of grandeur.

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