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Rick Santorum Drops Strange, Death-Filled Description Of Nationalized Health Care

"It's actually a pretty clever system. Take care of the people who can vote and people who can't vote, get rid of them as quickly as possible by not giving them care, so they can't vote against you. That's how it works."

Posted on December 13, 2013, at 5:50 p.m. ET

Speaking at a Young Americans for Freedom event Friday at the Reagan Ranch, Rick Santorum said this:

"If we have a system where the government is going to be the principal provider of health care for the country, we're done. Because then, you are dependent on the government for your life and your health...When Thatcher ran for prime minister she said — remember this, this is the Iron Lady — she said, 'The British national health care system is safe in my hands.' She wasn't going to take on health care, because she knew once you have people getting free health care from the government, you can't take it away from them. And the reason is because most people don't get sick, and so free health care is just that, free health care, until you get sick. Then, if you get sick and you don't get health care, you die and you don't vote. It's actually a pretty clever system. Take care of the people who can vote and people who can't vote, get rid of them as quickly as possible by not giving them care so they can't vote against you. That's how it works."

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