WASHINGTON DC - In a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D) said free enterprise isn't always best. Government must step in.
"The free enterprise system is a strong system," he said, but it "created unfairness and injustice when it came to health care, which we are addressing with this Affordable Care Act."
As reported by Susan Jones of CNSNews.com, Durbin said Democrats "rejected the free enterprise approach to health care and said let's have something that basically respects families."
He went on to argue that free enterprise offered limited insurance protection and sent families into bankrupcty.
"Let me tell you a free enterprise idea when it came to health care. Before the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the free enterprise idea was this: If you were unfortunate enough in your family to have a sick baby; if your wife was a cancer survivor; if your child had diabetes, the free enterprise answer was, we will raise the cost of health insurance to the point where you can't afford it or we won't even offer it. That was the free enterprise idea on health insurance for millions of American families."
Later, speaking about equal pay legislation, Durbin repeated himself: "The free enterprise system is good, but listen, let's be honest about it, in some aspects, it doesn't really reach the goals that we want in terms of equal opportunity in this country."
Government must establish "a standard in America of equal opportunity," he said.