VIDEO: Santorum Talks ObamaCare on CNN's State of the Union

Verona, PA - Former U.S. Senator, former presidential candidate and Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum appeared on CNN's State of the Union yesterday to discuss ObamaCare. Below are some highlights:

Santorum on President Obama's competence (VIDEO):

"Yes, this really feeds into the president's competence. That's really the question that the people have, is the president competent to do his job?...I've talked -- I talked to an insurance -- some people in the insurance industry this morning. And they told me that most of the front end may be looking good. People may be able to get on and get responses, but the information coming out the back end to the insurance companies is still garbage. It's undecipherable. And it's requiring them to, on a case-by-case basis, actually have someone go -- because there's misinformation, there's triplicates, there's husbands labeled as wives. There's all sorts of problems with the data coming into the insurance companies. So you think you may have signed up, but you may not, because the insurance company may not have the data available to actually put you in the system."

Santorum on rates going up (VIDEO):

"When this website eventually gets fixed, the problems really begin for this administration... This is a disastrous bill number one.  It is a big problem.  The president stood behind it; promised all of these things.  What's going to happen: peoples' rates are going to go up; they are going to go up dramatically; they're going to see their premiums go up; they are going to see their deductibles go up." 

Santorum on specialty care being compromised (VIDEO):

"Here's the thing that no one is talking about: the networks, in other words, the doctors and hospitals that are in these exchange products are dramatically smaller.  In other words, you'll be able to get your preventative care from your doctor, but if you want to go to the children's hospital?  Sorry you can't get that kind of specialized care from specialized doctors.  Why?  Because the Obama bill set prices at such levels that doctors and hospitals, particularly the ones that are in high demand do not participate in these programs.  So you are going to see the end result be higher costs, less care and then as a result, because they are more networks, longer waits and longer lines.  This is just beginning the disaster of ObamaCare."

Santorum on religious freedom and the First Amendment (VIDEO):

"The idea that the First Amendment stops when you walk out of a church, that it doesn't have anything to do with how you live the rest of your life, I  don't know very many people of faith that believe their religion ends with just worship.  It ends in how you practice and live that faith.  And now what President Obama is saying, 'No, once you step outside of that church door, I get to impose my values on you.  Your religious values don't matter anymore.  It's my values that I can impose on you.'  I don't think that's what the First Amendment stands for..." 

MSNBC covered the interview:

"Republicans renewed their condemnation of the Affordable Care Act following the Nov. 30th deadline for fixing the website's technical glitches. 'This really feeds into the president's competence. That's the question that people have: Is the president competent to do his job?' former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum declared Sunday on CNN, responding to the administration's announcement that many of the problems had been fixed. 'This is a disastrous bill, it's a big problem.'"

Politico also covered the interview:

"Santorum noted that people are now feeling doubt about a number of the president's other policies, along with healthcare. 'Obamacare is certainly front and center, what's going on in the Middle East is another area,' he said. 'There's a whole group of issues now that people are questioning.'...Santorum, however, said that 'when this website gets fixed, the problems really start for this administration.'"

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