Senator Rand Paul, who is also an ophthalmologist, knows from personal experience the details of what makes a good healthcare system work and what makes a bad one like Obamacare cumbersome, expensive and ineffective.
Following the signing by President Trump of his two executive orders on Healthcare, Senator Paul spoke with a reporter and explained what it all means. The explanation he offers of what the reality will be under the new guidelines is nothing like the “end of civilization” hand-wringing of the mainstream media.
To hear him explain it everything is an effort to make things better for the American people. Nobody is out to steal insurance from defenseless poor people for the pleasure of watching them suffer as CNN and the rest of the MSM have been reporting. Rather than being heartless ogres, the President’s effort will permit free market competition to lower prices drastically and improve care. Once again getting government out of the way improves function.
He points out, “Well, it’s going to allow individuals to join associations across state lines and purchase their insurance. What it might allow is millions of people to get insurance [and] by the leverage of size to lower their price.”
He cites an example of the National Restaurant Association and its approximate two million restaurants and fifteen million employees. He believes the negotiating strength of those millions repeated time after time across the nation would be “perhaps the biggest free market reform of healthcare in a generation or more.”
The reporter points out the argument of critics, that if healthy folks opt out of the mandated confiscation of taxpayer dollars in the health exchanges, the forced subsidy of the unhealthy through the dollars of the healthy, that it would put at risk the Obamacare exchanges. He’s operating under the delusion that the Obamacare system is going to survive, something that is simply not true.
Paul responds, “I’m for everyone leaving the Obamacare exchanges, they’re a terrible place. They were a terrible place to begin with, again noting the disadvantage of buying coverage as one or two individuals. “Nobody should have to buy insurance by themselves, says Paul. “The individual marketplaces are a terrible place to be.”
“This will provide us an exit ramp,” says Paul, “so people can get group insurance, like people at General Motors or Toyota. This is what big corporations get. Now small groups and small individuals will be able to get the same kind of insurance that big groups get. He wants everybody to do exactly what the reporter seems to be so fearful of, flee the individual markets and get a better deal in the large groups.
He also gives his views on tax reform, promising that he will not support any change or bill that increases taxes on the middle class – period.
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