Cancer survivor and presidential contender Herman Cain said during Thursday night's Fox News/Google Republican debate that, under ObamaCare, he would have been dead.
When asked to explain his comment, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza related an anecdote about his own cancer diagnosis five years ago and how quickly he was treated.
"If [I] had been under ObamaCare, and a beaurocrat had been trying to tell me when I could get that [CT] scan, that would have delayed my treatment," Cain claimed. "I was able to get the treatment as fast as I could based upon my timetable, and not the government's timetable. That's what saved my life."
The Atlanta resident and Baptist minister went on to relate why he believes some Americans oppose President Barack Obama's health care plan, which opponents sometimes refer to as "ObamaCare."
Cain, who received a wave of applause from the Orlando, Fla. audience when his battle with cancer was mentioned, ended his comment by declaring, "We need to get bureaucrats out of the business of trying to micromanage healthcare in this nation."
According to David Whelan of Forbes, who fact-checked Cain's comment, "saying cancer patients would die in greater numbers post-reform is a stretch" and that "Cain seems to be overstating his case."
According to survey results published Sept. 19 by Rasmussen Reports, most voters continue to favor repeal of the national health care law and view the law as bad for the country.
The poll finds that 56 percent of Americans likely to vote at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law, with 44 percent strongly support its repeal. Thirty-six percent at least somewhat oppose repeal, including 26 percent who are "strongly oppose" a repeal.
Citing a poll conducted two weeks prior, Rammussen Reports finds that 52 percent of voters think the health care law will be bad for America; while 34 percent view the legislation as good for the country. Two percent feel it will have no impact, and 12 percent remain undecided about it.
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