Jon Voight: Democrats’ ‘Oppressive’ Health Care Bill Will ‘Decimate’ the U.S. Economy

November 6, 2009 - 6:20 PM
Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight said the Democrats' health care bill would "decimate" the economy and that he does not believe the Constitution gives Congress the authority to mandate that individuals purchase health insurance.
(CNSNews.com) - Thousands of Americans opposed to the Democrats’ health care plan marched on Capitol Hill Thursday urging lawmakers to “kill the bill.” Among the speakers at the rally was Hollywood actor Jon Voight who told CNSNews.com he does not believe the Constitution authorizes Congress to require individuals to purchase health insurance. He also said there are “a lot of things that are unconstitutional” going on in Congress.
 
CNSNews.com asked Voight, “Does the Constitution authorize Congress to be able to require individuals to have health insurance?”
 
“I don’t believe so,” he said. “They can’t mandate it.”
 

 
“There’s a lot of things that are unconstitutional going on and we know that,” Voight told CNSNews.com. “So, that’s what this is all about. That’s why these people are all upset and that’s why they’re all out there. “
 
“And you should go interview some of these people because you’ll see the real America,” said Voight. “You’ll see the America of our forefathers. You’ll see very brave people. You’ll see great people and eloquent people. They’re as good as anybody who’s behind that microphone.”
 
Voight referenced his visit to the former Communist Soviet Union to support his argument.
 
“I was in Russia toward the end of Perestroika, and if you went to a hotel room and you had a problem with a light bulb and you go find somebody to try to do something about it, you would meet a dead stare or somebody who wouldn’t look you in the eye because the initiative is totally taken away from everybody,” he said.
 
“They simply want to get through the day,” said Voight. “It’s a very, very oppressive, unhappy society. We don’t want that. Right now, with all the stuff that’s been done over this past year, we’re slowly grabbing creative initiative away from people. Do we want to do that? Please let’s not do this guys and this bill is disastrous.”
 
Voight also said the health care bill would “decimate” the U.S. economy.
 
“It will decimate our economy and we’ll have Hillary Clinton getting on her knees in China to pick up the debt every year,” Voight, the father of Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, told CNSNews.com.
 
“Who are we? We should be the leader of the free world,” he said. “We’re losing every day our credentials across the world. We gotta’ stop. We gotta’ stop this bill.”
 
Below is the transcript of CNSNews.com’s interview with Jon Voight:
 
CNSNews.com:  “Does the Constitution authorize Congress to be able to require individuals to have health insurance?”
 
Jon Voight: “I don’t believe so. They can’t mandate it. There’s a lot of things that are unconstitutional going on and we know that. So, that’s what this is all about. That’s why these people are all upset and that’s why they’re all out there.  And you should go interview some of these people because you’ll see the real America. You’ll see the America of our forefathers. You’ll see very brave people. You’ll see great people and eloquent people. They’re as good as anybody who’s behind that microphone.”
 
CNSNews.com:  “What issues specifically in the bill have inspired you to come out here and get involved?”
 
Jon Voight: “Well, I’m a guy – listen. For a family, we know the decisions should be with a mother, with a father. We should have a doctor we know; have a history with.  You know, this is a personal matter. I don’t want government involved in this nonsense. No one does. All the baloney that they are saying – all it is, is control by the government of individual lives. It’s oppressive.  It finally – if you have ever been to a communist country; have you ever been to a communist country?”
 
CNSNews.com:  “No, I have not.”
 
Jon Voight: “Well, I was in Russia toward the end of Perestroika and if you went to a hotel room and you had a problem with a light bulb and you go find somebody to try to do something about it, you would meet a dead stare or somebody who wouldn’t look you in the eye because the initiative is totally taken away from everybody. They simply want to get through the day. It’s a very, very oppressive, unhappy society. We don’t want that. Right now, with all the stuff that’s been done over this past year, we’re slowly grabbing creative initiative away from people. Do we want to do that? Please let’s not do this guys -- and this bill is disastrous. It will decimate our economy and we’ll have Hillary Clinton getting on her knees in China to pick up the debt every year. Who are we? We should be the leader of the free world. We’re losing everyday our credentials across the world. We gotta’ stop. We gotta’ stop this bill.”