Sen Rand Paul – GOP Caves Again – No Repeal, Keeping, Expanding Obamacare

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Republican Senator Rand Paul wrote on Wednesday on Breitbart detailing his position on the state of the Republican Party generally and more specifically as it pertains to Obamacare, which it now looks like the party of caving and surrender will remain consistent on. Senator Paul wrote:

“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?

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.

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.

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.

In fact, the Senate GOP bill codifies and likely expands many aspects of Obamacare.

The Senate Obamacare-lite bill codifies a federal entitlement to insurance. With the Senate GOP bill, Republicans, for the first time, will signal that they favor a key aspect of Obamacare – federal taxpayer funding of private insurance purchases.

The bill will transfer billions of dollars to people who will then transfer billions of dollars to insurance companies. What a great business model – encourage the federal government to use taxpayer money to buy a private company’s product. Great business model, that is, if you are Big Insurance. Remarkable.

The Senate Obamacare-lite bill does what the Democrats forgot to do – appropriate billions for Obamacare’s cost-sharing reductions, aka subsidies. Really? Republicans are going to fund Obamacare subsidies that the Democrats forgot to fund?

Doesn’t sound much like repeal to me. One might even argue it’s worse than Obamacare-lite because it actually creates a giant superfund to bail out the insurance companies – something even the Democrats feared to do.

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.”

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8 Comments on Sen Rand Paul – GOP Caves Again – No Repeal, Keeping, Expanding Obamacare

    Rand is not caving to Democrats. Republican congressman caving to Democrats that want to keep Obama care and put a Republican name on this crony capitalism bill.

  2. Would someone PLEASE HELP ME find the part of our Constitution that says the federal government is supposed to be screwing around with our health insurance?

  3. Deplorable Doctor // July 13, 2017 at 10:22 am // Reply

    Sen. Rand Paul is one wise and understanding man!

  4. Nancy Vinal (Watcher) // July 13, 2017 at 9:33 am // Reply

    Health CARELESS-LESS…. is an INDUSTRY.
    Doctors poison you for kick backs… forcibly inject babies with deadly toxins….
    Go ahead .. deny it!
    I haven’t been to a doctor since 1978, and that was for a general physical so that I could join my husband when he was sent to Peru for Asarco / Southern Peru Copper company… I would not set FOOT in a doctor’s office or a hospital inside the borders of the United States. (Or a dentist either.)

    Change your diet.. quit eating toxic canola oil and margarine… and GMO’s exercise a bit and stay the HECK away from these play for pay murderers.

    “Health Care” my foot~!

  5. Never thought I’d agree with Rand Paul about anything, but he is 100% correct on this one.

  6. Trump needs to get a plan that is not made by Senators, or Congress men. Deal strictly with Health care professionals, financial experts and whoever else can come up with a plan that works for everyone. Start this new puppy out in the right way, Too. Make sure ALL government workers are on this plan and see how fast they bust their asses to get this plan right! Or, if Obama Care is in that bad of shape, sit back and let it fail. Keep the same funding, don’t allow the funding to go up. Check with Japan and see how their government health plan is done, Allegedly, it is the best of all countries that have health care and stop trying to ram something stupid down anyone’s throat. At least make an attempt to do something right. The Repubs need to get their shit together. lol

  7. Our last hope, if this passes, is that Trump veto’s it and calls out the corruption.

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