Jorge Masvidal: Pay for health insurance and keep your freedoms

Welterweight fighter Jorge Masvidal makes a throat-slash gesture during a press conference for his fight against champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 261 in Jacksonville’s VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on April 22, 2021. [Clayton Freeman/Florida Times-Union]

Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight Jorge Masvidal believes some of the keys to freedom in American society consist of not being “lazy,” and paying for your own health insurance.

Jorge Masvidal: ‘It’s a tool I think the government uses to crutch people’

Masvidal is the son of a Cuban father who immigrated to the US, after first making a harrowing stop in the Virgin Islands via a tractor tire raft. From an early age, he was taught the negatives of a communist nation like Cuba, and how it can imperil the independence of its citizens. However, the two-time UFC welterweight title challenger seems to believe there are hints of communist tenets in current American society. In a new interview with Fox News, the Floridian explained why he feels folks should forego all government assistance or lose their personal freedoms to the “crutch” of federal control.

“Just from seeing where a lot of this evil stems from. That the government is going to give you insurance for free and take care of all your bills, and for you to rely on the government. I’ve known since I was a kid, get out on your own, don’t be lazy. Go out there and work, buy the best insurance possible, buy yourself a car; don’t rely on the government for any checks, for anything like that,” Masvidal said.

“That’s something that I’ve always heard since a kid, and still do to this day. It’s a tool I think the government uses to crutch people, to hold them down, and eventually taking more and more of your freedom for the bread crumbs that they are giving you. That’s why when [former President Donald] Trump was running [for re-election], I saw what the opposition had to offer, I had to speak my mind as well.”

What Masvidal doesn’t mention is that healthcare costs in the US are in many cases are double or triple the number of other developed nations. And that federally funded healthcare is common in Europe and our neighbors in Canada. None of those nations are run under communist rule.

In his home state of Florida, over a million and a half residents are currently receiving funds from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Meaning a lot of children would go hungry if their parent’s followed the 36-year-old’s lead and chose not to rely on the government for anything.

“Gamebred” is on a two-fight losing streak, with both losses to current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. The most recent of which came in April when “The Nigerian Nightmare” handed Masvidal the first knockout loss of his career.

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