Sen. DeMint: "We Can't Let Anything Pass In The Senate"

November 10, 2009 2:19 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

It's no secret that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) does not support health care reform.  Last summer, DeMint famously pronounced that if Republicans defeat reform, it could be President Obama's "Waterloo." He has also argued that health care is a "privilege" and that "no one is going to go without health care because everyone can show up at the hospital."

On conservative talker John Gambling's radio show today, DeMint contended that the Senate must not pass a reform bill -- no matter what's in it -- because it will eventually be merged with the bill passed by the House.  "We can't let anything pass in the Senate, otherwise we're going to create a monster," he said:

[The Senate] may pass something that's much more benign, that doesn't have a government-run plan in it, and they say they fixed it.  The problem is that bill will meet Nancy Pelosi in a conference where they really rewrite the whole bill.  We can't let anything pass in the Senate, otherwise we're going to create a monster. 

Asked what the chances are that Republicans will stop reform from passing, DeMint said, "It'll be a chess game, but I think we've got a better than 50-50 chance to stop this thing before Christmas."

He also claimed that "we're not going to have doctors anymore if we have a government plan, there's no doubt about it." But, given that nearly three-quarters of doctors want some kind of government-run plan, DeMint's shallow attempt to scare listeners doesn't seem likely. 

Listen to the interview here: