Steven Van Zandt, lead guitarist for iconic singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen‘s E-Street Band, took a down bound train this week in regard to Obamacare, saying “it’s almost worthless.”
A position that may lead to some awkward moments considering to what extent Springsteen supports President Obama — in addition to stumping for Obama, he wrote a song specifically for the 2012 campaign.
In an interview with the Huffington Post on Thursday, Van Zandt acknowledged that were some “nice things” in Obamacare, but said the country is having the wrong conversation.
“But mostly it’s almost worthless, because we need to be talking about health,” he added. “We have two out of three people obese in this country.”
Van Zandt questioned why we “waste two years talking about healthcare” when we should be looking at the food we consumed.
“We’re a little bit lazy, we don’t exercise enough,” he said. “Maybe we eat too much, but that’s not really the reason. The reason is the preservatives and additives and steroids, all this gluten and every other junk that’s in our food.”
He then offered an opinion on why healthcare is free in Europe.
“I spend six months a year in Norway,” Van Zandt said. “Healthcare’s free in Norway because everybody’s healthy.”
Before getting too excited about all this, Van Zandt supports government bans on many things we consume. And he did say just prior to last year’s election:
“Personally, speaking as an Independent, I would love to see him [Obama] remain as our president forever. I have never been more proud or secure in traveling the globe, knowing for one of the few times in my adult life my president wasn’t going to embarrass me.”
One would have to assume he is talking about the same Barack Obama.