Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson believes the debate over universal health care is moot, since we already get “eternal health care” courtesy of God.
The Duck Commander stopped by Fox Business to promote his new book, The Theft of America’s Soul: Blowing the Lid Off the Lies That Are Destroying Our Country, in which he argues society has lost touch with God and that the government isn’t a replacement.
Fox Business Network host Neil Cavuto read an excerpt from the book, in which Robertson writes, “My view is simple: No government program whether healthcare, Social Security … can save you. It may put food in your belly at great expense, it may get you in the hospital at even greater expense, it may provide for you in the dog days of your life, but only one thing will and that’s Jesus.”
Robertson used health care as an example to advance his argument on the show, specifically calling out presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.
“Contrary to what Kamala Harris said, she says, ‘Elect me and everything’s free. Look, everybody can have their own health care, the government’s going to finance the whole thing. It’s not gonna cost but $30 trillion. I’m offering you the greatest deal you ever had. Elect me and everything will be free,'” the reality star began.
“But she’s saying that other people that have been getting away with financial murder will pay for it,” Cavuto chimed in. “The rich — guys like you.”
“What I’m saying is, Kamala — I already have health care,” Robertson replied. “It’s given to me by God, eternal health care. I’m guaranteed to be raised from the dead. I have life and immortality given to me by God through Jesus.”
Cavuto pushed back, saying: “But people get sick on Earth in their human form, so would you advise…?”
“The temporary reprieve is not worth it,” Robertson interjected. “I’m telling [Kamala], I have eternal health care and it’s free. Doctors can give you a temporary reprieve, but they cannot save you from physical death. The doctors who treat you, they die too.”
“But you’re not dismissing that we, people need health care, right?” Cavuto pressed again.
Robertson, 72, didn’t bite.
“I didn’t have health care for 50 years and someone says, now I’m rich and famous, so I said, ‘Miss K You can buy every kind of insurance known to man if you want to, but I’ve never needed it for 50 years,'” he maintained. “So there ya go.”
Health care is shaping up as a central issue for Democrats in the crowded field of 2020 presidential candidates. Last week, Harris affirmed that she supports Medicare for all.
“I believe the solution, and I actually feel very strongly about this, is that we need to have Medicare for all. That’s just the bottom line,” she said. “Access to health care should not be thought of as a privilege.”
Twitter had a few thoughts about Robertson’s take on insurance.
Doctor: “Bad news, the cancer has spread”
Me: “And the good news?”
Doctor: “Well, have you heard of Duck Dynasty?”pic.twitter.com/uWp00MUZrG
— pinkpanther (@pinkpanther4056) February 5, 2019
Duck Dynasty Chief: Who needs healthcare when we have God!
— Ann (@Ann7837) February 5, 2019
The star of Duck Dynasty going on a Fox News network to talk about health care is Peak Conservatism 2019 https://t.co/GC6gnTKwsg
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) February 5, 2019
Diabetes–pray it away; cancer–pray it away; Duck Dynasty–pray it away.
— Uptown Jules (@Uptownjules) February 5, 2019
Duck Dynasty “star” Phil Robertson has a master’s in education and is worth $15m so I’m not sure exactly what he’s trying to play at here. https://t.co/s4JdgXhBvE
— Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) February 5, 2019
The Theft of America’s Soul: Blowing the Lid Off the Lies That Are Destroying Our Country is available for order on Amazon now.
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