GOP Attorney General Suing Over Obamacare Supports Single-Payer

‘I Trust The Government More’

By Scott Keyes for ThinkProgress

According to one Republican attorney general in the lawsuit against the health care individual mandate, the problem with Obamacare is that it’s not a government takeover of health care.

ThinkProgress spoke with Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Caldwell opposes Obamacare and the individual mandate, but for a different reason than most of his fellow litigants: it props up the private health insurance industry. “Insurance companies are the absolute worst people to handle this kind of business,” he declared. “I trust the government more than insurance companies.” Caldwell went on to endorse the idea of a single-payer health care system, saying it’d “be a whole lot better” than Obamacare:

KEYES: You don’t think the subsidies for low-income people are going to be helpful?

CALDWELL: No, no. The worst thing you can do is give it to an insurance company. I want to make my point. All insurance companies are controlled in their particular state. If you have a hurricane come up the east coast, the first one that’s going to leave you when they gotta pay too many claims is an insurance company. Insurance companies are the absolute worst people to handle this kind of business. I trust the government more than insurance companies. If the government wants to put forth a policy where they will pay for everything and you won’t have to go through an insurance policy, that’d be a whole lot better.


  1. danny6114 on April 13, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Careful buddy, you’re gonna get kicked out of the psychotic right wingers club AKA The GOP.

  2. Raul Carrillo on April 13, 2012 at 11:24 am

    The United States of America needs to catch up with the rest of the developed world and make health care more affordable. Giving insurance companies more leeway to raise prices is definitely not the way to get there. We need a healthcare system that is not for profit but for better healthcare.

  3. Michael Mooney on April 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    God bless you, Buddy. Stand your ground and maybe more GOP AND Dems will get a clue. One thing, though, it’s not Obamacare that’s the problem. Obama wanted exactly what you want. Unfortunately, he was stonewalled by the racist idiots in Congress AND the Dems who are sold out to insurance companies who blocked him from taking care of business. If they’d all just forget he’s black AND quit taking money from insurance companies – maybe our government could get back to doing what’s right for everyone.

  4. Mort on April 13, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    If our politicians weren’t being manipulated by the insurance companies, they’d analyze what other first-world countries are doing to provide their people health care and choose what works best. If you don’t think “government-provided health care” is good, just try eliminating our government-controlled Medicare program. I’d much rather trust a government bureaucrat to accept my doctor’s recommendations than a profit-focused corporation which makes money by denying me care.

  5. No Difference on April 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Seems like a lot of Republicans see the light of Single Payer, especially when the nonsense disinformation about S.P. is finally debunked and replaced with the facts.

    Who knows? Maybe the Republican Party has moved so far to the right that it will “wrap around” and end up on the Left, closer to where they began, actually. :D

    (just kidding)

  6. Rory on April 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    If members of Congress and their families had the same coverage as the rest of us, wouldn’t that be an incentive for them to make it be the best that it could be?

  7. KenS on April 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Yawn. Ever’body knows all that. Problem is spineless ‘n boughten politicians, don’ ya know, ‘n here I am, pro’ly gonna hav’ta vote for a democrat ’cause the alternative is jus’ too horrible to contemplate. Dog help me.