GOP Rep: Obamacare A Bigger Threat Than Default

For Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), every threat to the nation’s economy — including default — pales in comparison to the Affordable Care Act. 

While many hardline conservatives in the Republican Party have sharply criticized the health care law, Broun’s rhetoric has been particularly apocalyptic. Echoing what he told National Review earlier this week, Broun told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday that “Obamacare is going to destroy everything that we know as a nation.”

So with the mid-October debt limit deadline looming, Broun said he’s prioritizing the economic ills.

“There are a lot of things that are going to affect our economy,” Broun told the New York Times in a story published Wednesday. “The greatest threat right now is Obamacare. It’s already destroyed jobs, it’s already destroyed our economy, and if it stays in place as it is now, it’s going to destroy America.”

The Times piece focused on a group of Republicans who have been dismissive of the threat of default. Obama called those default deniers “irresponsible” during a news conference on Tuesday.


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