Rep. Steve King's Love/Hate Relationship With Socialism

July 28, 2010 2:19 pm ET — Walid Zafar

For those who closely follow his antics, race-baiting Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is known for his constant machinations against creeping socialism.  Speaking on the House floor last night, King returned to that theme by calling the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act un-American.  "Freedom and liberty," he claimed, "cannot coexist, side by side, with ObamaCare."

However, in the same vein, King complained that cuts to Medicare (there are actually no cuts to benefits) would disproportionately hurt his constituents because the 5th Congressional District of Iowa has "the highest percentage of its people on Medicare and Social Security."


King:  And the assumptions that were made defied rational thought.  One of them was, "well, we'll save $532 billion by cutting Medicare $532 billion." ...I represent the most senior Congressional District in America.  The District that would have, most likely, the highest percentage of its people on Medicare and Social Security and this president and his administration proposed and forced-fed legislation on the American people that would slash the already tight, undercompensated budget of Medicare by $532 billion.

Within just a few minutes, King attacked the idea that government has a role in making sure people have health insurance (he's argued that health care is not a right) and defended the most socialist program we currently have on the books, Medicare, by complaining that any cut to the program would unfairly hurt his aged constituency.  King's message: Americans don't have a right to health care because that's a socialist concept, but don't you dare take socialism away from my constituents.

If King is truly looking out for his constituents, he should consider taking it up with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), whose highly-touted "Roadmap for America's Future" would privatize King's beloved Medicare.