Louisiana Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy said Monday that President Obama would use efforts to defund ObamaCare in the upcoming vote to fund the government as an excuse to slash the military and take social security away from seniors. Cassidy was speaking at a Metairie, Louisiana town hall event Monday organized by his Senate campaign according to a video posted on YouTube and online descriptions of the event from Cassidy's website.
"Put it this way, it's gonna be hard, we may not be able to do it, but we need to stop ObamaCare however we can," Cassidy said. "Now, I'll tell you, there's some people who say let's roll that funding mechanism into the entire government. I don't trust the president not to use that as an excuse to do things such as slash the military or to take it out of the hive of people who are receiving social security. This is a very political president."
"If the law had that effect, you can't support that," Cassidy continued. "We can not not support our troops. We can not fulfill our obligations to senior citizens who have paid into funds. On the other hand, if we can have a funding bill that doesn't impact those, absolutely. Believe me, I have been working. I think I've voted 40 times to get rid of it. Been working on alternatives, trying to come up with proposals, that don't just oppose ObamaCare, but propose replacements so that the patient is in the power not a Washington D.C. bureaucrat."
Cassidy is challenging Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in the 2014 election.
The full YouTube video has been posted below. It is several of the question-and-answer section and runs several minutes.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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