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GOP Congressman Compares Obamacare to Soviet Communism

Appearing on MSNBC this afternoon to talk about the Senate’s secretive health care bill that will finally be released this week, Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) wanted it to be known that the potential of millions of people losing health insurance coverage shouldn’t be all that concerning. Why? Because communism, that’s why.

After telling host Craig Melvin that he, much like many of his colleagues, doesn’t know what is in the new bill, Brat began railing against Obamacare and the original version of the American Health Care Act, claiming that both were written around coverage and not price.

Melvin noted that while that may be the case, it was fair to say that there would be millions of people who would lose their coverage under either the House plan or whatever the Senate unveils. Brat responded by saying he didn’t think it was all that fair because you have to look at things through a free-market lens.

“Imagine the Soviet Union 20 years ago transitioning to a free market,” the Virginia lawmaker explained. “100% of people under communism couldn’t eat any food but they did have health care coverage.”

He continued, “What happens if you move to a free-market system? Everybody in your population loses coverage. So you lose 100% of coverage — that’s not good, right? But it’s also good if you have a free market in place where you can finally feed your people and they are 1,000 percent richer 20 years later. And so that’s the truly fair narrative we’ve got to get out.”

The Freedom Caucus member went on to bemoan the lack of cheap insurance products for younger people while somewhat defending the lack of transparency from the Senate regarding their bill.

Following last month’s House passage of the AHCA, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put together a group of 13 Republican senators to craft their own version of the bill. Over the past few days, with the legislation being drawn up in secret, there has been bi-partisan outrage over the lack of details and daylight.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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