Skip to comments.Paul: 'Difficult to turn the clock back' on O-Care
Posted on 04/25/2014 7:28:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) admitted Friday its difficult to turn the clock back on ObamaCare, but proposed making the law voluntary as a possible fix for consumers.
I think its going to be difficult to turn the clock back. People get assumed and accustomed to receiving things, particularly things that they get for free, he told a crowd of students at Harvards Institute of Politics on Friday.
Pauls comments echo those of other Republicans who have admitted it will be difficult to fully repeal the law after some of its more popular provisions took effect. The potential 2016 presidential candidate said he ultimately doesnt think repeal is possible without Republicans controlling the House, the White House and with close to 60 votes in the Senate, like Democrats had when they passed the law.
But he predicted the cost of the law could ultimately have dire effects, suggesting they could bring down local hospitals or hamstring state governments.
In the meantime, Paul offered a fix.
I think one of the practical things you might be able to do, and I think the public at large might accept this, is to make ObamaCare voluntary. You make it voluntary, basically you get rid of the coercion, he said, presumably by eliminating the penalty those without insurance are required to pay, known as the individual mandate.
He said he may keep some parts of the law, like the subsidies to help poor Americans afford insurance, or the Medicaid expansion -- two of ObamaCare's more popular provisions but potentially its more expensive.
Does that get rid of the subsidies? Not necessarily, or the Medicaid. But I think also were going to find out we cant afford to have everybody on Medicaid, we cant afford to have everybody on subsidized insurance, Paul said.
The Kentucky senator also railed against President Obama for the idea of the law in the first place, telling students gathered at Harvards Institute of Politics on Friday that Obama says that you are not smart enough to choose your own insurance.
Paul, who signed up his family for insurance under ObamaCare used his sons plan as an example. He said it includes coverage for a number of unnecessary procedures because the president says hes too dumb and cant buy an individual product that would cost him a lot less and wouldnt have as many things included.
Of course he would see no problem in scrapping O’Care for a single payer system where everybody is on the Gov’t. Res.
Difficult does not equal impossible.
Oh man this country is going down hard.
And the rest of western civilization with it.
And it is no longer some distant event. We will not survive Obama.
Absolutely wrong, Rand.
Very disappointing whine on Rands part.
Really............makes me wonder.
Load’o’Crap........nothing about O’Care is free.
So then, I guess that when the going gets tough, the uuuuhhhhhmmmmmm...
At least it wasn’t over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.
And let’s not forget, since our representatives are so underpaid, that we should not expect them to undertake the really, really difficult things.
I swear, if these nancy boys were our rulers back in the days of the revolution, we all would be kissing the Queen’s ass today...
More difficult than living with it?
At this point, it looks like the best possible outcome is total collapse of the US Federal Gov sometime before November 2016.
With the exception of Arizona, Americans turn the clock back every fall. NEVER SAY NEVER! It’s time for Americans to draw their own red line against communism.
Sadly, you’re correct. There’s no way we survive Obama. None.
These politicians have no will anymore.
THE US GOVERNMENT HAS NO BUSINESS IN THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY.
People get assumed and accustomed to receiving things, particularly things that they get for free
So effin what?!?! Oh, they [takers] wouldn't vote for the DOUCHEBAGS THAT FOISTED IT ON US anymore?
We have NO ONE to fight for us, anymore.
Well Rand, the difficult is do-able and the impossible just takes a little longer!!! (unless you become just another serial compromiser!!!)
America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!
Rand has been to goofy as of late.
It is not as difficult as other stuff that is going to have to be done to keep the country from going under. This is one of the easier things that needs to be done.
What the hell are these guys good for anyway?
I say jack.