WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Speaking at a Heritage Foundation event on Tuesday, Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., joined with other conservative lawmakers in denouncing the Affordable Care Act, saying that the best way to avoid the program’s privacy concerns is to “practice abstinence.”
The Conversations with Conservatives event featured discussion of the troubled Obamacare launch from a series of Republican lawmakers. Among many issues, they focused on the HealthCare.gov website’s privacy and security issues with consumers’ personal information.
Rep. Paul Labrador, R-Idaho, commented: “The security issue is something I think that every American – we should all be concerned about — because you’re talking about the identity of people, and people getting your most precious and private information. That’s something that we should be concerned about.”
Massie chimed in, “The best way to stay secure is to practice abstinence. Just don’t go to the website,” he said, drawing laughter from the panel.
“There’s only one fix to Obamacare, and that’s to repeal it,” Labrador went on to say. “You can throw a lot of money at the problem and you’re still going to have a broken health care system. It’s going to be worse than what we had before Obamacare.”
“I think we repeal it and we start all over again,” Labrador continued. “I think that’s the only solution that Republicans should be for.”
The Conversations with Conservatives event was described by the Vice President of Communications Mike Gonzalez as “a group of free market and liberty minded congressmen who meet monthly to discuss the most important issues of the day.”
The panel also discussed President Barack Obama’s “if you like it you can keep it” comments, which the president was forced to apologize for after millions of Americans began losing their insurance policies deemed unacceptable under the Affordable Care Act’s requirements for coverage.
Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., spoke at the event, saying that the faulty rollout has presented conservatives with “the opportunity of a lifetime” as “liberalism is crumbling in front of our eyes.”
She said that as Obamacare continues to present more problems Americans will look to free market, conservative solutions to the president’s signature health care system.