Controversial Toronto Mayor Rob Ford slammed President Obama's signature legislative achievement on Thursday, saying that Obamacare is going to cost the U.S. "a fortune."
“I don't believe in all this public-funded health care, because we gotta pay for it,” said the embattled mayor in an interview with 106.7 The Fan, a Washington, D.C.-area sports radio channel.
Ford, who has faced calls to resign from office after admitting to smoking crack cocaine and having an alcohol problem, said that Canada could not pay for such a costly law.
“We can’t afford it,” said Ford. “What you guys are doing down there, I just, I can’t get my head around it because it’s costing a fortune.”
“I don’t know where you guys are going to find the money, except for the taxpayers’ pockets,” he continued.
Ford said people are already “taxed to death.”
“It’s gonna cost a fortune for you guys to put in this Obamacare. I just don’t see how the people are going to be able to afford it, to tell you the truth.”
Toronto’s city council has removed many of Ford’s executive powers after the crack cocaine scandal sparked a media circus. On Wednesday, reports said that Ford had sought to buy back a video of him smoking crack from drug dealers — claims he denied during the interview.
The rocky rollout of the president’s health care reform bill has led to Obama’s lowest approval ratings and record numbers questioning his managerial skills and trustworthiness.
The White House and Democrats though are launching a three-week blitz over the holiday season to boost enrollment in the health law’s insurance marketplaces.
Ford on Thursday said that while he liked Obama personally did not like his politics.
“I’d be a Republican if I was down in the states,” said the mayor.