Senator Jim DeMint’s comment against President Obama’s health care reform plan has drawn national attention. DeMint said “If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo, it will break him,” last week while meeting with conservative activists.
In a press conference this week Obama replied saying: “I’ve heard that one Republican strategist told his party that even though they may want to compromise, it’s better politics to go for the kill, and another Republican senator (said) that defeating health care reform is about breaking me.”
DeMint says he knows it’s not about the president.
“I like President Obama personally, and this is not about him personally, it’s not political for me, it’s really about what policy works. I introduced a Health Care Freedom Act a few weeks ago, which does something pretty simple, it says if you like what you got, if you’re on medicare, or if you have a policy at work, just keep it, we’re not going to mess with it. But, if you don’t get your insurance at work or if you’re unemployed, we’ll give your family a $5,000 a year health care voucher to buy your health insurance,” says DeMint.
In a recent advertisement, the Democrats took a stab at the senator. The ad said: “Senator DeMint is playing politics with our health care, putting the special interests in Washington ahead of South Carolina families and businesses. The only health care plan Jim DeMint supports is no plan at all.” After the ad was aired, DeMint says that’s far from the truth.
“That’s blatantly false, and the FEC will make them take it off, they don’t like critics. Actually, they say I’m not for any plans when I’ve introduced more health reform plans and proposals than any one else in the Senate since I’ve been here, I believe,” says DeMint.
DeMint seems to be claiming the truth is actually the other way around.
“Barack Obama voted against every health care reform proposal when he was in the Senate. Which means to me if he really wanted to help make health insurance available to every American, we could pass a bill relatively quickly,” says DeMint.
President Obama did not mention DeMint by name during the press conference.