Speaking to Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) stated that health care reform will "nationalize our soul." King is unaware that citizens in all other Western democracies aren't complaining about "soul nationalization" due to single-payer coverage. He's also unaware that the Affordable Care Act, unfortunately, does not implement universal, "nationalized" health care. It reforms private insurance, so that, for example, one can purchase a plan despite a "pre-existing condition" and one's child can be covered until age 26. To a reactionary like King, however, such modest measures threaten the soul, freedom and liberty. Watch:
KING: You know when I look at this and this whole picture of you seeing the expansion of the nanny state here in America and the administration reaching into every aspect of our lives, the Obamacare piece addresses about 1/6 of our economy and a great big chunk of our American freedom and liberty. I define it this way, the sovereign thing that we have is our own soul, and the federal government hasn’t yet figured out how to nationalize our soul. They did figure out how to nationalize some investment banks, some insurance companies, some car companies and our skin and everything inside it. That’s Obamacare—it’s a nationalization—it’s a government takeover of our sovereign responsibility to manage our own health. Not only do they take over our skin and everything inside it, but they put a ten percent tax on the outside if you go to a tanning salon, Tony.
(h/t: Right Wing Watch)