Heritage Foundation President and former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint tells Newsmax that the House should defund Obamacare no matter what the risk to the Republican Party, even if it leads to a government shutdown.
The South Carolina Republican also says the Affordable Care Act will do more damage to the nation "than anything I've seen pass in my lifetime."
And he insists that a path to citizenship for illegals constitutes amnesty and opposing immigration reform won't necessarily hurt the GOP.
DeMint served in the Senate from 2005 until he resigned in January of this year. He took over the helm of the Heritage Foundation, an influential conservative think tank, in April.
DeMint was one of the most outspoken critics of Obamacare while he was in the Senate, but he said when he resigned that he could be more effective on issues like this from outside Congress.
In an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV on Thursday, DeMint says "I sure am" finding that to be the case.
"The key to saving our country, to turning things around and really putting the government on the right track, is getting people informed, engaged all over the country. If Americans decide that they want to stop this unfair and unaffordable bill called Obamacare, they can do it, but the congressmen and senators themselves will not do it. They'll not take that kind of risk unless the American people rise up and effectively tell them that's what they want to do.
"I've been to about 45 cities, meeting with a lot of advocates, a lot of tea party folks, independent groups, just talking about what we need to do as a people to turn our country around, but we're going to focus on this Obamacare bill, which increasingly people know is unfair. Congress is getting special favors — big unions, big corporations are getting waivers, and it looks like it's the little guy that's going to get stuck with the bill.
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