Sen. Rand Paul Upset GOP Keeping Obamacare

Written by Sen Rand Paul, 7-12-17 at Breitbart:

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.


I don’t know who wrote this garbage or why it’s acceptable to so many in the GOP, but it will never pass, and even if it did, Trump will veto it. That’s not what he promised the people, and regardless of how little the GOP in the Senate care about the people, we are still important to some of them.

This rests at McConnell’s feet, but fortunately three Senate Republicans can kill the bill. Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz have been focused on rolling back more of the insurance regulations, so if they, along with Paul, stick to their guns then this bill is DOA. A couple of other senators who have been staunch in their opposition, are Dean Heller of Nevada, and surprisingly, Susan Collins of Maine, who have both always leaned to the more moderate side, especially Collins.

On the flip side, it will have full support from the Democrats and O will be laughing ’til he croaks. Considering that we have the majority in both houses and a president who ran as a Republican, this is extremely shameful and embarrassing.


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6 replies

  1. It is really disheartening (though not surprising) that now with Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, the Congress refuses to do what they campaigned on – dumping Obamacare. As far as I’m concerned, there are only a handful of Senators who are worthy of being called Senators and the rest should get Obamacare treatment – dumped. McConnell is the chief architect of going against our (the taxpayers) wishes and he does so every time he gets the chance. Just imagine the legislation if Ted Cruz or Mike Lee were in charge of the Senate and had a few supporting members.

    It’s as plain as the nose on his face, McConnell will be the death of the Republican Party.


    • Ditto that, Garnet. McConnell and Paul Ryan are both working hard to kill the Republican party, and the guys in line behind them are from the same mold.

      It’s becoming so very obvious that for them it’s all about the money and there’s not a handful of guys in either house that give two hoots about the people. It’s turned more into the Uniparty that Curtis’ piece touched on. The Rs have the best opportunity they’ll ever have for righting this country and they’re blowing it.


  2. Rand Paul is 100% SPOT ON, and it seems that he is nearly the last principled conservative in the senate. I hope he stands his ground. Better for Obamacare to implode – even if it costs me money – than for Republicans to give us this P.O.S. bill.

    I’m afraid I don’t have your faith in Trump not to go along with any terrible bill the GOP can glom together, Kathy. He’s threatened to work with Democrats if he has to. That certainly wouldn’t take this bill in a more positive direction. Trump is not against government subsidized healthcare. His problem with Obamacare all along was that “it doesn’t work.”


    • Thanks for the reminder, CW, I’d forgotten his comment about working with the Dems, but it’s looking like it won’t come to that, although what they’re presenting will be okay with the Dems too, because they changed so little.

      Just since yesterday, the bill has changed again to include Cruz and Lee’s amendment, but this would have been much simpler if they’d just done what they said they would do and that is repeal the whole thing and start over. (We don’t need the replacement, but then we knew they would anyway.) They only added the amendment in order to get their votes because they know they lost Rand Paul’s vote.

      It remains to be seen if this makes the bill acceptable to both Senators, or if it meets the criteria sought by the Freedom Caucus, but as slow as this soap opera is moving, there’s no doubt we’ll see more on the story tomorrow.

      It’s garbage like this that makes me want to go up there and just rip all of them a new one.

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  3. But Collins is strongly for preserving the Medicaid expansion, so she’s not too strongly for repeal.

    The UniParty wants to retain the ACA, as does the bureaucracy, and the Chief Justice.


    • That’s true, Curtis, but we’re never going to get repeal anyway – not out of these guys, but at least maybe she’s a no vote until they go to Plan C, D or however many it takes.


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