Republican candidate for US Senate Ben Sasse says the country would be better off if the nation’s Capital moved to Nebraska.
Sasse says his recent TV spot that shows a big truck moving the Capitol is only half-joking about moving Congress to the Heartland.
“What we’re finding on the ground is just a lot of enthusiasm about asking fundamental, basic questions about what is the federal government exist to do, and then get out of the way of everything else,” Sasse tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “Because value is created in Grand Island and Lincoln and Seward, not in Washington, D.C.”
Sasse states flatly that the federal health insurance law will fail. He insists it is not sustainable. And, Sasse says that when it fails, Republicans must be ready to promote an alternative.
“Republicans need to be advancing conservative, private-sector, patient-centric, doctor and patients first kind of health reform that doesn’t put big government bureaucrats and big insurance companies first, but puts forth the need for families to have an insurance policy they can take with them.”
Sasse advocates a system that allows people to take their health insurance plans from one employer to another, similar to the changes made in retirement plans, which led to 401k plans tied to the individual, not the company.
Sasse says that if Republicans don’t push an alternative, Democrats will call for a single-payer system.
“So, I do worry that when Obamacare fails, we drift toward single-payer because it will be the easiest thing for big government folks to scream about and say, well this didn’t work so we need to take more control,” Sasse says. “The problem was that they tried to take too much control, not too little.”
Kevin Thomas, KLIN, contributed to this story.