Chris Matthews: Once Democrats Start A New Social Program They'll "Never Let It Go"; Republicans Were Right

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MSNBC's Chris Matthews said once an entitlement such a social program is created it will not go away. On Thursday's coverage of the Republican-passed Obamacare replacement, Matthews said people like the feeling of getting "something for nothing."

"I think that this is something the Republicans were right about. Their big mistake was letting Obamacare pass the first time. People want to keep it," Matthews said.

"Now, ever since I can remember, conservatives have been smart, they say never let the Democrats start a new social program because once people have that program, they'll never let it go," Matthews said Thursday.

"My conservative father loved Medicare. Because for the first time in his life, he felt like he was getting something for nothing," the MSNBC host said.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Nobody thinks that you can repeal and replace at the same time. Nobody thinks you can square a circle. You can't do it. They talk like this over and over. 'We're going to repeal and then we're going to replace.' Which is it? Are you going to replace the good stuff?

Now, ever since I can remember, conservatives have been smart, they say never let the Democrats start a new social program because once people have that program, they'll never let it go. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare. It has a ratchet effect. You give the person something because they asked for it, they voted for it, they wanted it. My conservative father loved Medicare. Because for the first time in his life, he felt like he was getting something for nothing. He paid into it, but he felt, God, I got something good here. I think that this is something the Republicans were right about.

Their big mistake was letting Obamacare pass the first time. People want to keep it.

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