Rand Paul on Obamacare: Democrats will get what they want
September 21st, 2013
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Rand Paul on Obamacare: Democrats will get what they want

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul acknowledged Saturday that it is increasingly unlikely Republicans in Congress can repeal President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

"We probably can't defeat or get rid of Obamacare," Sen. Paul told reporters.


Speaking to the press at a Republican confab in Mackinac Island, Michigan, the freshman senator from Kentucky conceded that he doubts the House resolution passed Friday, which would defund the Affordable Care Act, could emerge from a Senate debate unscathed and unamended. One of the most vocal opponents of Obamacare, Paul does hold out hope that threatening to not pay for the legislative program could result in a finished product that's "less bad."

"In the end the sausage factory in Washington will make the sausage," Paul told the Detroit News.

Paul, whose potential as presidential contender in 2016 has been a subject of much speculation, admitted that absent a sudden and total alignment behind an approach to tackling the health care law, his caucus' "disunity" means Republicans will most likely fall short of canceling, or even delaying, the law from going into effect.

"Leverage doesn't work unless people believe you'll actually do something," Paul said. "The fact that Democrats don't believe we'll do anything, in the end they'll get what they want and a bill will be cobbled together."


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  1. mabaulz

    All politics aside....I think there's one simple fact of obamacare that needs addressed. Forcing someone to buy health insurance, when they can't afford it or receive any type of assistance in paying for it, then fining them, labels the law as stating one simple truth. If you're low income(yet single and/or above the lvl for assistance) choosing between food, utilities, auto insurance/gas, clothing and all the other joys in life we must endure to keep bringing in enough money to pay for the before mentioned....only says if you choose to save your money to eat and go to work...you're doing something illegal and must be fined accordingly.

    September 22, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. 66Biker

    Sen. Paul, don't you know why people don't think Republicons will do anything? First of all, you're the Party of No. Secondly, you're part of the Congress widely known as the "Do Nothing" Congress. Third, this Congress has the lowest popularity rating in American history. Have you figured it out yet, or do I need to go on? Even if Congress did do something, which we have doubts about on both sides, would it be for the people or for your partisan political parties?

    September 22, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Matt

    If the republicans already know that they won't be able to defeat Obamacare, why are they flirting with a shutdown over it? It seams like a futile attempt on their part. Should we really have the reigns of government in the hands of these types? The types to spend billions on ideological fights that go nowhere?

    September 22, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. ug

    You better do better than that boy...

    September 22, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. zelskid

    Of course it can't be stopped. Democratic president .Democratic Senate.

    September 22, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. psxan

    Senators should have an opportunity to vote down "Obama Care". That way when the economy tanks because of it we all see who supported its implementation and vote them out of office.

    September 22, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Chubbbjack

    In all reality the GOP continues to fight against ACA to make money. Every time a GOP politiician goes public against ACA they in tune ask for donations. The ACA has been the biggest money earner for the GOP in decades. However, a lot of money have been waisted by the GOP even though they know overturning the ACA is not possible nor truly desired.

    September 22, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. alpeaston

    I am totally sick and tired of the republicans attempting to hijack the health care act yet they themselves have the best coverage! Time to get the republicans out of office. We have put up with year of their obstructionism. Time for a congress that actually works for the people who elected them!!.

    September 22, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Vo

    I'm going to be part of the collective group that votes out so many of these idiots and they don't even know it. Repubs really screwed themselves over the last administration. Honestly, this is where my money goes? Ridiculous.

    I can't EVER remember being excited to vote, but let me tell you, I am stoked for 2014.

    September 22, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. The Thinker

    While this mindless attempt to overturn ACA is going on, there are armies of people out there working hard to implement the aCA changes in a meaningful way that is going to help this country meet its healthcare challenges. People need to stop arguing, and start paying attention and being constructive.

    September 22, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    @The Thinker: "While this mindless attempt to overturn ACA is going on, there are armies of people out there working hard to implement the aCA changes in a meaningful way that is going to help this country meet its healthcare challenges. People need to stop arguing, and start paying attention and being constructive."

    Hear, hear! And as reported, "An interesting thing happened at the Kentucky State Fair last month. A gentleman got the chance to look at the Kentucky online marketplace to buy health insurance – one of the many state marketplaces (aka "exchanges") coming online Oct. 1. He said, "This beats Obamacare, I hope." The irony? He didn't realize he was looking at Obamacare!"

    And this is what's scary the pants off the GOP: People are signing up for it, are going to like and appreciate it, which will result in a "win" for the American people and President Obama.

    And that kind of thing just doesn't sit well with the Grand Obstructionist Party, no sirree.

    September 22, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Lardeau

    WHAT HYPOCRISY !!!!!!!! " They " tell us to manage our debts - meanwhile " they " make a complete shambles out of " theirs / ours ". I wish I could do my own finances like that. Spend spend spend spend, and then simply borrow borrow borrow and keep right on spending. To heck with a debt ceiling for me - just increase my ' max '. Simple. But just you wait. The day of reckoning IS coming !!!!!!!! Do you want to pay $100 for a latte ? It's coming !!!! Who are these Members of Congress, and Senators ?? It's Bernanke right now who is running this buffoon show !!

    September 22, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Fred Evil

    30,000,000 ,pre Americans can get insurance.
    And the GOP couldn't be more pissed off. Just have ONE moment of decency and admit you are the party of Satan.

    September 22, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Thomas

    @psxan
    Senators should have an opportunity to vote down "Obama Care". That way when the economy tanks because of it we all see who supported its implementation and vote them out of office.

    =====

    Your analogy didn't work in regards to those that supported GW Bush's economic policy .

    You people will never change !

    Also , if the health care system is not changed , the economy will tank. And the GOP has NO new ideas !

    September 22, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. BJ

    Jerry Okamura says:
    "The party that says our government should not force a woman to have a child, is the same party that says it is okay to force everyone to have health insurance. How does that make any sense?"

    Okay, Jerry. You may opt out of the health insurance program as long as you sign a document agreeing that, when you don't have the $$ to pay for your healthcare, the doctors may euthanize you so your lack of health insurance doesn't cost me any money.

    September 22, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. David Perez

    Healthcare should be a universal right to all Americans even at the bare trimmings if II have to pay more in taxes then that's OK for once I'll be paying taxes for something good... me!

    September 22, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Skarphace

    DJ: "Obamacara is beginning to cripple the nation as companies in preparation to save their own money have begun firing full time employees like it is plague. My own wife suffered this after 14 years with Arby's (cartee land development)."

    So let me get this straight. Arby's has refused to offer your wife health care after 14 years of employment and you are blaming the government for that? Arby's should be ashamed and your wife should work for another employer who does offer their full-time people healthcare. You know, like the other 90% of businesses already do?

    September 22, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. rs

    What we want Mr. Paul is a national healthcare system like that of any other First World nation- not the crappy "only for the rich" one Libertarians like you envision, or the continued "punish the poor" one the GOP apparently favors. Even you have to admit the status quo here isn't an option and as the GOP/TP has utter failed to produce anything that looks like a fix or a solution to all or part of the health care issues (or anything else for that matter) of our great nation- stop the idiocy and the bluster, and get off your duff and get to work. Your 5 year fantasy vacation is over.

    September 22, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. nintex

    Hey, conservatives! What's with this term "train wreck" that I read at least fifteen times every day in anything about the Affordable Care Act? You couldn't make me watch Fox News, but I'll bet the term comes to us courtesy of Rush Limbaugh or one of the other rocket scientists at Fox News. Was that his vocabulary word of the day for everyone to use in a sentence? Come on, get a thesaurus, be creative, don't just repeat something you hear on the radio over and over and over. However, if you guys really want to see a train wreck, I suggest you hang around for a little over a year and watch the GOP in the 2014 elections. Now that'll be a train wreck worth seeing!

    September 22, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Ronald Gene McKibbin

    If the Republicans continue on this same course, right up into the midterm elections for 2014. A number of them will lose
    their seats whether it be in the United States House or the Senate. Thank You. 09/22/13

    September 22, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. billy bob

    if Obama care makes it , it will be because all of you so called leaders sold America out and I mean every one of you in Washington, all of you allowed the bankers and corporations to rape this country, all of you allowed the drug and crime gangs that now infest over 250 cities in the usa , many of whom are illegals, you have done nothing but sell out America, all of you.

    September 22, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Ryan Greenwalt

    Has this all been an act? You're giving up now Rand? What the hell? Im nervously making my way to the Post Office tomorrow to see about getting a passport...

    September 22, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  23. Catmandew

    The term Train Wreck was made by Democratic senator Baucus from the great state of Montana I think? It wasn't made by Rush till after the senator made it! So quit blaming republicans for stealing your talking points or wait a sec thanks for the good point.

    September 22, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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