Vice President Mike Pence made up a fake quote by Thomas Jefferson when asked about the Republican’s Graham-Cassidy bill, which would repeal Obamacare, during an interview on Fox News.
“Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked Pence:
Folks like Jimmy Kimmel, they’re worried about the preexisting condition thing, ’cause this will be up to the governors to decide how the money is dispersed, who gets coverage. Can you guarantee that these governors will make sure that preexisting conditions are covered?
Pence quickly dodged the question by making up a fake quote by Thomas Jefferson to demonize the federal government (Obamacare):
Thomas Jefferson said, “Government that governs least, governs best.” I mean the question that people ought to ask is, who do you think will be more responsible to the health care needs in your community? Your governor, your state legislature, or a congressman and a president in a far-off nation’s capital. I mean, this is the concept of federalism upon which our constitution was framed.
In response, CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski tweeted: “NOPE, this is a FAKE quote. Jefferson never said ‘governs least, governs best.'”
The Graham-Cassidy bill allows states to permit health insurance companies to charge people with pre-existing conditions skyrocketing premium rates that they cannot afford.
Pence continued his answer by blatantly lying:
This legislation — Graham-Cassidy — as its authors have said, contains all the same protections for preexisting conditions as the president indicated. At the end of the day, we have to recognize that Obamacare has failed, [as] much as its defenders want to deny the facts.
Under Obamacare, the rate of uninsured Americans has dropped to record low levels, noted CNBC in February.