New Op-Ed From Senator Rand Paul Blasts GOP Decision To "Keep Obamacare"

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Earlier this week, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell promised a new Obamacare bill would be delivered by tomorrow morning and that a vote would be scheduled for next week.  Of course, we've heard that story many times in the past so only time will tell whether there's any truth to it this time.  We have our doubts.

But apparently Rand Paul (R-KY), who has just published an op-ed on Breitbart, isn't a fan of what he's hearing about the new bill which he says is more or less a capitulation by Republicans to simply "keep Obamacare."

I miss the old days, when Republicans stood for repealing Obamacare. Republicans across the country and every member of my caucus campaigned on repeal – often declaring they would tear out Obamacare “root and branch!”

 

What happened?

 

The Senate Obamacare bill does not repeal Obamacare. I want to repeat that so everyone realizes why I’ll vote “no” as it stands now:

 

The Senate Obamacare bill does not repeal Obamacare. Not even close.

Of course, it's not terribly surprising that Paul, the Senate's lone "Libertarian-ish" politician (as he once described himself to a group of Harvard students), is opposed to the Senate's new bill which he says does very little to strip out Obamacare's burdensome regulations, taxes and/or taxpayer-funded subsidies to privately-owned insurance companies.

Now too many Republicans are falling all over themselves to stuff hundreds of billions of taxpayers’ dollars into a bill that doesn’t repeal Obamacare and feeds Big Insurance a huge bailout.

 

Obamacare regulations? Still here. Taxes? Many still in place, totaling hundreds of billions of dollars.

 

Insurance company bailouts? Those, too. Remember when Republicans complained about Obamacare’s risk corridors? Remember when we called the corridors nothing more than insurance company bailouts? I remember when one prominent GOP candidate during a presidential debate explicitly called out the Obamacare risk corridors as a bailout to insurance companies. Does anyone else?

 

Now, the Senate GOP plan being put forward is chock full of insurance bailout money – to the tune of nearly $200 billion. Republicans, present company excluded, now support the idea of lowering your insurance premium by giving a subsidy to the insurance company.

Rand Paul

 

Just like the "Obamacare mandate," which we've argued will undoubtedly be used as a basis to force Americans to buy other products they don't want and/or need in the future all for the benefit of the "greater public good," Paul notes that arbitrarily choosing to subsidize the purchase price of a privately marketed good sets a very dangerous precedent which can be applied to a "limitless" number of products in the future.

Remarkable. If the GOP now supports an insurance stabilization fund to lower insurance prices, maybe they now support a New Car stabilization fund to lower the price of cars. Or maybe the GOP would support an iPhone stabilization fund to lower the price of phones.

 

The possibilities are limitless once you accept that the federal government should subsidize prices. I remember when Republicans favored the free choice of the marketplace.

As we noted nearly a month ago, Paul is part of a 4-person consortium of conservative Senators, the others being Ted Cruz (TX), Ron Johnson (WI) and Mike Lee (UT), who have vowed to oppose any Senate bill that stops short of fulfilling a promise made to the American public to "repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs."

I was first elected in the heady days of the Tea Party Tidal Wave, when tens of thousands of citizens gathered on the central city lawn to protest Big Government, Big Debt, and a government takeover of health care.

 

This citizenry won in four elections. Each time, the GOP establishment told conservatives, “We can’t repeal Obamacare until we have all three branches of government.” Finally, in 2016, that came to pass. Republicans now control all three branches of government.

 

And . . . the best that is offered is Obamacare-lite: keeping the Obamacare subsidies, keeping some of the Obamacare taxes, creating a giant insurance bailout superfund, and keeping most of the Obamacare regulations.

 

Shame. Shame on many in the GOP for promising repeal and instead affirming, keeping, and, in some cases, expanding Obamacare. What a shame.

Something tells us that Rand Paul is still a 'no' vote...

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NugginFuts's picture

Bain explains: "Victory has defeated you!"

lulu34's picture

You couldn't have expressed it better

ejmoosa's picture

Rand Paul I appreciate your efforts.  But your support of Mitch McConnell during his relection campaign is part of the problem, isn't it?

Please do not do that again.

 

Scrimpy's picture

What happened?

 

THE JEW OWNED FED SAID NO!

JLee2027's picture

Da Jews! Da Jews!

 

AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

redmudhooch's picture

That scrimpy guy gets under your skin don't he?

You must be a jew!

Bitch!

NidStyles's picture

Funny story, it was probably a Jew, doing analyst work and telling goy politicians that if they cut off Ocare the feral dindus will probably revolt.

More than half of the free shit is aimed at keeping the blacks from revolting. Funny how the Jews advocate for us bringing in more of them straight from the source, as "refugees."

Gotta bring those Somalians in so they can get at dem programs. If you don't pay up Whitey, dey gonna riot. That is the narrative the MSM puts out these days. Pay up or be targeted.

Zorba's idea's picture

Of course they did, cant afford to cut the HC sector's 18% of US GDP...not until Janet can figure out where to dump all the toxic assets on their balance shit, er..sheet. 

n8dawg84's picture

Rand Paul supported Mitt Romney over his own father in the 2012 election. Thats tells you all you need to know about this clown

malek's picture

Huh? Where exactly did the GOP *actively* decide to keep Obamacare?

lulu34's picture

Huh !!  "Where" ?  Right in the propsed so called "bill" . NO,  NO  , NO only.

truthseeker47's picture

Right here, malek:  "Mitch McConnell promised a new Obamacare bill"

Rand is right, repeal Obummercrap and start over.

NidStyles's picture

No, just repeal and outlaw regional monopolization.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

The stupid party bows to the evil party once again.

 

Big surprise.

kliguy38's picture

Never was going to happen. Its his OWN party that's his enemy ........McGain....Lady Lindsey.....McGooGoo.........

Zarbo's picture

Every time these yahoos (look up the word ...) get into power, they completely miss the train, boat, plane, or any other vehicle to do something useful.  WTF do they need to get something done?  All of this, and the Russian BS is just stalling ... for what exactly?

phoolish's picture

Stalling so the r-p- can continue.

new game's picture

one party tyranny with a few exceptions.  these club members are proving their worthiness before indoctrination into the elite deep state syndicate.

does that help explain?

gregga777's picture

The Repussicans talk the talk but they don't walk the walk.

First it was, we don't control the House so we can't get anything done. Then they got control of the House.

Second it was, but we don't control the Senate so we can't get anything done. Then they also got control of the Senate.

Third it was, but we don't control the Presidency so we can't get anything done. Then they also got control of the Presidency.

Fourth it's, "Oh, shit. We got what we asked for. Now what will we do?"

I got no use for Demo-Marxists or Repussicans. F*** 'em all.

Gardentoolnumber5's picture

Merriam-Webster- Neoconservative - A former liberal espousing conservative values. Gardentoolnumber5- Neocon - A liar. The Neocon must be eliminated for there to be any movement toward reforming govt.

Cordeezy's picture

I miss the old days where governments actually did something for the money we gave them, I really don't miss them because I haven't witnessed a time like that.

 

www.escapeamazon.com

 

whosyerdaddy's picture

They are so stupid. Repeal ohomocare with a one sentence bill. Pass market based legislation insurance companies be damned. Whatever contributions are lost will be made up by oil companies and myriad others. If the government can compel you to buy insurance what's next a Chevy Bolt?

Dr. Acula's picture

WTF I hate Repugnicants now.

I'm voting Demoncrats next time!

 

Secret Weapon's picture

Maybe think about not bothering to vote. All you are doing is picking which organized crime family gets to shake you down.

sunny's picture

There are alternatives to Democrats and Republicans.  I've voted for neither in quite a few years.  I'm hoping for the day when every eligible voter does indeed vote and the vast majority vote for some other party than D&R.  That would shake up the DC-dimwits.

homebody's picture

Just let people buy whatever they want from anywhere in the country.  You would soon see lower prices for insurance.  Then demand that the price of medical services be posted for the consumer to shop wisely.  A small user fee for service would also cut down on frivolous visits.  

Cut medicaid for the able-bodied that is was never intended for - a grenade left by Obama.

Give benefits to the people in need once they provide proof of need and show ID.  This would lower welfare, EBT, subsidized housing, etc etc by 80%.

Time to take the country back or become the worst Venezuela. 

Faeriedust's picture

You can't shop for doctors in Alabama if you live in New York.  Without legal changes, you can't shop for drugs in Canada if you live in the U.S.  And you can't legally shop around and buy treatments for damned near anything (except if herbs will work) without a permission slip from the Doctor/Nanny.

We could change the latter two, but I don't hear anyone talking about it.  The first is insurmountable.  In small towns there is often only one hospital, if any.  Every doctor is affiliated there, and their prices are all fixed. Until the AMA monopoly is broken, the idea of competitive pricing/shopping on health care is a joke.  THE AMA/PROVIDER MONOPOLY CAN'T BE BROKEN WITHOUT SINGLE-PAYER.  Now do you get it?

Gardentoolnumber5's picture

Agreed. How about get the govt out of all social services. Give them back to the charities and churches where they belong. Social services in govt beg corruption. Charities and churches look after their funds like a momma bear looks after her cubs.

StanleyTheManly's picture

Prices posted AND the same price for everybody. None of this bullshit of pretending to bill the insurance company $50,000 when they only pay $5,000. And none of this shit where someone without insurance pays the stated $50,000 while the insurance companies only pay $5,000. We have the laws on the books to get these jerks in line but nobody is doing a damn thing about it...INCLUDING YOU, RAND PAUL!

coast1's picture

obama broke it beyond fixing....it was planned,...there is no way to fix it, no way to repeal, nothing...Lets just shut up, quit complaining about rothchild zionist controlled wshington d.c., and just prepare for the collapse.

coast1's picture

replying to mysef lol...sorry...I have been listening to x22report and he says Trump is planning for  collapse balah blah, but Dave from x22report is very convincing...I dunno, but check in with x22 sometime, he seems to make some sense...obamacare and russia are distractions...iMO, let obamare alone, let it collpase on its own...IMO, Trump should abandon anything to do with obamacare, and let it collapse on its own.

Fartboxbuffet's picture

Im a putz like my dad i never mention the zionst cancer that has infected every institution in my nation

truthseeker47's picture

You just did what you said you never do.  And BTW your Dad was a LOT smarter than you.

Fartboxbuffet's picture

Im réfèring to rand and ron

Fartboxbuffet's picture

Reminds me of episode of sopranos Tonys not buyin the house the boat is parked in harbor blaring music till tony gets his money back kinda like dems remember joe e wilson said your not drunk if you can lie on floor without holding on 

TheObsoleteMan's picture

"What happened?" I'll tell you Rand; Your party serves the same masters as the democrats. THEY TOOK MONEY. IF THEY REPEAL, THEY WOULD HAVE TO PAY IT BACK, BUT THEY CAN'T BECAUSE THEY HAVE ALREADY SPENT IT. Pretty simple. I have known all along that Obamacare would stand {until it collapses}, because it is a key part of the shadow government's plan. This is how we transition into single payer {Federal government} managed, tax payer funded "healthcare". Along with the tax code, this is how they will control your life. Trump could do it through executive order, so why doesn't he? Because he is in on the game. They all are. We are being played. I like Rand much better than the others, although he too is hung up on the Israel lobby, just like all the rest.

Stan Smith's picture

Some of Rand's points are well taken,  but the fact that after all those umpteen "symbolic" -- and as we've seen, it's only symbolic -- repeals of ObamaCare previously shows how in the tank the folks in power are.   

Regardless of how one feels about all of this,  there can be no confusing the point that once these folks get to Washington, the level of self serving goes up a few bazillion notches.    It offends me only because my money is going there.    The worlds largest circle jerk is now in full display.

Right and Left and Republican and Democrat are distractions folks.   No more, no less.

rickv404's picture

The Republican party needs to be repealed, but they are too many ignoramuses that will go on supporting it.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

Rand, whatever happened to "Audit the Fed?"

'Tis the issue that shall not be spoken aloud apparently.

 

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Donors clearly get more than one vote. Therein lies the conundrum.

redmudhooch's picture

"I miss the old days, when Republicans stood for repealing Obamacare"

Bullshit, those days never existed.

BrightBlueSkies's picture

Ron Paul is under the mistaken impression we have a two party system in congress.

roddy6667's picture

The GOP has no substitute for ObamaCare that does not involve huge deductibles and high premiums. And they still have the insurance companies in the mix. They do no provide health care, they just stand between you and your doctor, hospital, or pharmacist and take a percent of the money. In America, health care is a business. It's primary function is to make money. Any health benefits are secondary. It will be run to maximize profits as long as its reason for existing is to make money.

Don't expect it to change. The health care and pharmaceutical companies have the biggest lobbies in America. Things will always be run the way they want.

What you whine about is not important. 

S Spade's picture

I'm with Rand on this one, scrap the whole thing...like they promised on multiple occasions, even passed repeal in both houses (when they knew obama would veto).  Just do it, they can debate add ons afterward.  Gotta get rid of the commiecare bureacracy.

whatamaroon's picture

But but what will they do with those 16,00 IRS agents the feds had to hire-and fund-to enforce obamacare?? The Reublicanss are evil and heartless to put 16,000 bright and upcoming government workers out on the streets!

John_Coltrane's picture

We wouldn't even be discussing a "repeal" if the Demonrats hadn't passed it in the first place all on their own. As it collapses, this should be the message over and over. Trump knows this, he knows that there are at least those four R senators mentioned in the article who will never vote for anything other than a clean repeal and that's why he recently suggested that is what should be done if this bill fails. In fact, these four senators should be the core of the new R party. The bill can only afford to lose 2 votes. Unless some Demonrats can be persuaded to cross over? That's just a fake suggestion like the so-called interference by Russians in our election.

When it collapses it will only effect the base of Demonrat party, the FSA who loved the deadbeat Sanders. The middle class will rejoice as they will be able to get the policies they used to have before Obamacare-you know, the ones without substance abuse, birth, and mental illness coverage. Obviously, the mental illness coverage was geared to the leftist base of the Demonrat party and God knows they need it! Let Obamacare continue its collapse and move instead to across the board tax cuts which benefit those who actually work and pay taxes. That's our base and getting more take home pay every week will expand the base as Reagan showed with his tax cuts. And no insurance stabilization fund as Rand so correctly points out!

SubjectivObject's picture

For future reference about Rand; His version of a health care bill includes protection of the medical business interests from monopoly prosecution.

pc_babe's picture

repeal root and branch

or

Bait and switch?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeJ4_paARPY