Angry Rand Paul Strikes Back: "I Won't Be Bribed Or Bullied" On Obamacare Repeal Bill

Tyler Durden's picture

Throughout the week President Trump has taken repeated shots at Senator Rand Paul for his continued resistance to the so-called Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill.  Among other things, Trump defined Paul as a "negative force when it comes to fixing healthcare" and said that he would forever by remembered as 'the Republican who saved ObamaCare.'

"Rand Paul is a friend of mine but he is such a negative force when it comes to fixing healthcare. Graham-Cassidy Bill is GREAT! Ends Ocare!"


"Rand Paul, or whoever votes against Hcare Bill, will forever (future political campaigns) be known as 'the Republican who saved ObamaCare.'"


But it seems as though Trump's latest attack this morning struck a nerve with Senator Paul as he has fired back with a tweet storm of his own saying that it's disingenuous to call "a bill that KEEPS most of Obamacare" a "repeal" bill before concluding that he will not be "bribed or bullied" by the President's twitter feed.

"No one is more opposed to Obamacare than I am, and I've voted multiple times for repeal.  The current bill isn't repeal."


"I won't vote for Obamacare Lite that keeps 90% of the taxes & spending just so some people can claim credit for something that didn't happen."


"Calling a bill that KEEPS most of Obamacare "repeal" doesn't make it true. That's what the swamp does. I won't be bribed or bullied."


Of course, while the Graham-Cassidy bill continues to flood headlines, it was all but killed earlier this afternoon when Senator John McCain announced that he "cannot in good conscience vote for Graham-Cassidy."

Meanwhile, with Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mike Lee (R-UT), among others, still saying they're on the fence, The Hill pointed out that Senators Graham and Cassidy have gone "into overdrive" to design "special accommodations" to win over holdouts.

Graham told a meeting of conservative activists last week that special accommodations would have to be made in the bill for Alaska to win over Murkowski. The senator asked the groups to understand, and to not make a stink if concessions were made.


The Graham-Cassidy proposal would convert ObamaCare’s subsidies and funds for Medicaid expansion into block grants that would be given to states to design their own programs.


Right now it looks like an uphill battle to change Murkowski’s mind.


“I’d say the chances are less than 30 percent. Alaska doesn’t do very well in this bill. Her governor is lukewarm on it and her insurance commissioner is not for it,” one Senate GOP aide added.


Graham on Wednesday downplayed the notion that Alaska would fare better than other states in the bill but nevertheless acknowledged that something would have to be done to accommodate the state’s high costs.


“What we’re going to do is not deny Alaska the uniqueness of Alaska, but that’s it,” he said, according to The Washington Post.

So, while Lindsey Graham seems to still be optimistic...

...all signs indicate that 'Obamacare Repeal 3.0' has once again been nothing but a colossal waste of time.

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johngaltfla's picture

Obamacare won't die until McCain dies.

And Rand Paul is 1/2 the man his dad is. He should just shut up and continue sucking McCONnell off in the locker room every morning like he has been since elected.

The Alarmist's picture

Rand needs to step up to the plate and stick a fork in Sen. McCain by voting for this turd.

Anarchyteez's picture

Honestly, why vote for a turd?

Spitball's picture

an entire bowel movement of turds

lil dirtball's picture

Trump needs to go reach back to his source and find his center.

It's time for the steel folding chairs.

J S Bach's picture

"I won't be bribed or bullied!"

Yeah, sure Rand.  Good little goy.  Tell that to your Wailing Wallers.

philipat's picture

IMHO the point here is that if Obozocare is not completely repealed, .Gov will still have its "foot in the door" and will essentially have taken control of another 20% of GDP. Rand Paul, and the Libertarian perspective, is that .Gov should in any case be much smaller and should certainly not expand further into the debacle that is Healthcare. Healthcare certainly needs MORE, not LESS competition, a result of Regulations passed by the corrupt Congress to perpetuate the quasi-monopolies of Big Pharma, Insurance and Providers.

And with the vestiges of Obozocare still "on the books", it WILL be the case that the next Democrat Administration will more easily be able to move to a single-payer system, which has been their goal all along. At that point, the share of GDP controlled by .Gov in the US will make it essentially the same as all the other "Modern Western social democracies" like France and Germany.

SafelyGraze's picture

"I won't be bribed or bullied."

pay you a hundred bucks to say that again

toady's picture

Repeal and replace is/was a stratigic blunder... should just be repeal! Now we're just going to get the stupid "Congress is deadlocked" crap while we throw away trillions on obamacare every year....

same as it ever was...

HardAssets's picture

Someone said most of congress&senate is either bribed or blackmailed and not worth a damn, with few exceptions,

Rand Paul (on many issues) is one of those exceptions.

toady's picture

"Repeal and replace didn't work, so now it's just repeal!"

                                                                        Trump 2020

Gardentoolnumber5's picture

Agreed and just like the highway monies that the fed hangs over states to compel them to take a fed action with the threat of withholding the revenue, the fed would do the same with the health dollars allotted by the feds to the states. Do as we say or your people will suffer and your state govt will be held accountable for the lack of funds. Get the fed out of healthcare completely.

stormsailor's picture

no state has had the nuts to put up an interstate block at their state line nor vote to have all federal withholdings of their citizens held in the state until the day tax is due. im getting to the point of civil disobedience

fbazzrea's picture

philipat, you've captured the essence of the battle Sen. Paul wages and President Trump either fails to comprehend, has isolated himself politically and is misled about the legislation or is in fact, a Democrat-Republican deep state establishment stoolie and is a willing instrument of further despair and destruction heaved upon the American citizens on behalf his masters.

regardless, i'm done. no longer will i support an expansionist warmonger president. no need to go into all his obvious shortcomings. everyone knows. it's a non-issue. no need for identity politics. our nation now stands at an historical crossroad of tyranny and liberty. while quantum physics may permit one to be in both places, our world does not. they cannot co-exist. it's one or the other.

choose wisely


newworldorder's picture

The time for wise choises is probably gone.

There are 30 million illegals waiting for legalization, now or under a Democrat Party President. Add 3 to 4 family members into the equation within 5+ years of legalizations and we are now at 90 to 120 million new "Americans" looking to have their medical needs taken care of.

I am sure the Democrat Party will have a plan to merge with Mexico into the new North American Union.

SybilDefense's picture

Choose to defund the government and make a United stand to not pay taxes.  Why does our insurance options need to be regulated on either state or federal level?  The GOP had 8 yrs to come up with a replace plan but did not.  Now their non solution is to pass it down to the individual states?  Ridiculous.

Remove state line regulation, allow self funded plans with a la cart coverage options.  For example, I want cancer, heart attack and car accident coverage... This year.  There's a company in Utah willing to underwrite that for X $'s that I can afford because they want my business.  I'll save for any other conditions and the gov promises not to tax those $'s.  Sold.  Next crisis.

Taxes.  %15 across the board for all earned income.  The gov will have to simply downsize if they cannot survive on that., Just as my company has to monitor my income vs expenses.  I can't hire 30 employees to do the job of 10, so why should my government?

It'soour government.  Let's take it back by voting for constitutionally sound candidates, remove the profitability from gov positions, and hitting them in the wallet as they do us by withholding on April 15 until our demands are met.  Limited gov for the people by the people.  Nothing more nothing less.


zero_wedge's picture

As an American tourist, I went to urgent care in Germany just a few evenings ago for an eye infection. There was no wait, the doctor was the first person to speak to me after the receptionist, and the appointment took less than 10 minutes. The bill was a shock to only 31 Euros. I paid cash and did not use insurance.

I then went to the pharmacy and picked up TWO medications for...26 Euros.  I paid cash and did not use insurance.

It is only one data point, but it was a refreshing experience.

philipat's picture

OK so here's an idea. Why not just repeal Obozocare and worry about the rest later? ("We need time to carefully study alternatives and determine their cost-effectives" and balh, blah  blah). Even McStain would have a problem not voting for a straight repeal and Rand Paul would certainly vote in favor. Problem solved? Not really. The problem with this approach, of course, is that NEITHER Party actually WANTS to release the control of .Gov over Healthcare now that it has got its grubby fingers into it. And the majority of Congress is being paid off one way or another by Big Pharma, Big Insurance or Big Health Providers.

Which, of course, explains why such a simple and logical step of progress will never even be proposed. We the people and what is best for us is not an issue. It truly is a swamp.

D-REGZ's picture

Especially the polished variety.

DerdyBulls's picture

Their all turds. Trump is a turd in progress.

HockeyFool's picture

So vote against the bill and nothing changes. We still have 0bammy care. What sense does that make?

DerdyBulls's picture

Because the bill is the same dishonest illusion DC constantly propogates. Empty.

greenskeeper carl's picture

Passing this bill is the DUMBEST thing the GOP could do. Its meaningless, since 90% or so of Ocare still remains in place. It will do nothing to lower premiums or deductables, and will drop a lot of people from coverage(for the record, I don't honestly care that much, as I want the entire thing gone anyways, but it looks bad to the rubes on TV. All this will accomplish is give these spineless, feckless fucks something to take to the ignorant masses to bolster their false claim that they are sticking to their campaign promises.


Equalliy important - it does nothing to derail the slow motion train wreck that is obamacare, thats still happening. But, it does put ownership of the trainwreck, when it happens in the next few years, right in the GOP's lap, because the dems and entire media will say "the ACA was working PERFECTLY and exactly as it was supposed to, and then the GOP started repealing it, and now look what happened, total disaster, grandmas dying in the street, dead babies everywhere, and it all would have been fine if the republicans had just left the ACA alone". Millions of people will buy this hook, line and sinker. Passing this law makes the GOP shoulder the blame for Obamacare's inevitable failure. This is the stupidest thing they could possibly do.

Giant Meteor's picture

Of course, pick a side, any side. It's like rootin for the operator of a three-Card-Monte game .. The winner and loser is already most certainly assured. My thesis has been, and still is .. health care is another indispensable tool in this, our entirely fake economy, and the greatest large scale grifting operation, this side of the MIC and FED that enables it all, and that must be maintained by all loyal and interested parties, at any cost.

Interested parties of course, are not interested in cost controls nor competition.

Protected rackets, is what the US does best  ..

It all works rather well, hand in glove, with the money printing operation which heralds bubble prosperity, and oppression of the many, while creating wealth for a few. These known corruptions of the state, facilitated by FED, a fraudulent system in which markets rise into perpetuity on unicorn farts, and in which primary banksters sit on 2.7 trillion in fiat reserves, having heretofore been paid to keep it in reserve, by the FED .. .. .

Thing is, or at least it seems to me, with every apparent scam, grifting operation, and political lie, the deceptions are increasingly hitting a wall of natural resistance (by that I mean consequences) which cannot despite all the bullshit to the contrary, be delayed indefinitely. The narratives are breaking down , and the blowback for all this baloney is gonna be fierce, when real reality shows up ..

Of course it could be fairly argued, it already has ..


pine_marten's picture

Once they figure out how to eliminate the surplus population they will breath a sigh of relief.  The refugee flood will resume so they can continue skimming the cream.

DerdyBulls's picture

Old turd same as the new turd.

greenskeeper carl's picture

I actually agree with the above that Rand is half the man his father was. But that also means he is still at least twice the man as any other in the senate.

Funny how McCain can be right but for all the wrong reasons, voting against this, although for completely different reasons as Rand. Not big government enough for 'the maverick' apparently. That doddering old fool just needs to retire with any grace he can muster and focus on his illness. He's polluted the Capitol with his presence for far too long, RETIRE.

DocBerg's picture

ObamaCare would die a lot faster if Trump were not still paying the illegal subsidies to insurance companies.

Anarchyteez's picture

Fuckin A Rand.

Fuckin repeal. Don't replace.

Nekoti's picture

These Reblipukes were all about repeal of Obozocare when they knew it could not happen. Now that they have all three houses, they just can not seem to get it done. Term limits are in dire need.

Anarchyteez's picture

Agreed! Term limits are an absolute MUST!

stormsailor's picture

boiled rope would cause instant term limits

Blue Steel 309's picture

This is real funny considering the hard evidence that McConnell did bribe/extort him. There is not 1 man in the 100 ostensible Senators that is his own man.

Yen Cross's picture

     It looks like Lindsey had better break out the knee pads and extra ChapStick, and start doing what he does best, if he hopes to get the votes he needs next week.

stormsailor's picture

don't worry lindsey has a subdural astro-glide reservoir so his ass is allways ready

Yen Cross's picture

  That's so bad, in so many ways. lol

BarkingCat's picture

Truth is not always pleasant

Anarchyteez's picture

You just made me puke a little. Ugh.

Catahoula's picture

Wasted Senate seat. Idiot like his pappy

jcaz's picture

29 whole weeks as a member of this board- nice job, same amount of time you lasted in the 10th grade.....

Anarchyteez's picture

Leave and go put your tongue back up in Killary's twat.

economicmorphine's picture

I'm with Rand.  Fuck the Republican Party who for 8 long years promised us repeal and then gives us this shit.  Fuck them all.  

Yen Cross's picture

  At this rate it's going to take another (8) years for them to read it, in order to see what's in it.

lil dirtball's picture

> promised us

Ha ha! I laugh at your continued misplaced loyalty to a system that fucks you every day that you wake up. You will wake up and engage it again tomorrow - and get fucked again.

Ha ha, sulking ZHombie! Ha ha!

shimmy's picture

Trumptards are hilarious. 

Pumpkin campaigns on getting rid of obozocare and they are all behind that. Republicants come up with obozocare lite that does NOT get rid of obozocare and since pumpkin supports it, they now support it and slam anyone who actually won't vote for this shit and wants real repeal. 

The beauty is knowing if this were to ever pass and then eventually becomes to be shit like it will be, these same idiots will then slam the republicants who voted it in while ignoring they and pumpkin were supporting it.

You trumptards are so damn dumb. Pumpkin could probably tell you all to go eat some dog shit and you would. 


HockeyFool's picture

Yep, if only Hillary were president, everything would be glorious.


stormsailor's picture

don't lump all trump voters into some small minded little box.

lil dirtball's picture

All voters should be lumped - hard - and put in little boxes where they can't damage anything with their small-minded desire to be part of something they know little-to-nothing about ... as if any of it were real to begin with.

Fuckin' Devil's little helpers.