Rand Paul on Obamacare: Democrats will get what they want
September 21st, 2013
08:55 PM ET
12 months ago

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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soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. Logan Starr

    I hope they don't go into a government shut down. these politicians need to remember who they serve. The People of the United State of America. As our servants, they need to quick bickering and sit down and figure things out.

    September 21, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  2. Bob

    Rand Paul is unlikely to ever accomplish anything.

    September 21, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  3. ziegfeldf

    We are anxious to hear the Republicans' alternative plan for improving the hearlth-care system.

    September 21, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. Jake

    Spoken like a true politician. Evidently there's something in it for him. Great choice Kentuckinas...

    September 21, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  5. lawless4u

    Defunding something that is law is going to make it "less bad"?

    That is the problem with the republicans, unfunded mandates. Even though not a single one of them voted for the ACA the fact is that it is a constitutionally legal law that has to be funded. Have they forgotten how much of a debacle No Child Left Behind has become because it is not funded properly but must be followed?

    September 21, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. Thena

    We DON'T want Obamacare...we want an end to terrorism and innocent killing! Focus on that!!!!

    September 21, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. Luke

    The ONLY thing liberals really want is to see Americans penniless, impoverished and 100% desperately dependent on the government for their existence. That is communism, that is their goal, and the steaming pile of liberal sh** that is Obamacare is a HUGE step towards that goal. Liberalism is a plague, liberals are the vector, and everywhere they go, freedom dies.

    September 21, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  8. ManWithThe1000PoundBrain

    Wow, Paul Rand is a genius. Did he figure that out all by himself? Too bad these knuckle draggers won't work to solve problems instead of obstructing. They think their role is to stop everything and/or do nothing if they can't have it 100% their way. This does nothing to help the country move forward. You get elected to work with the opposition to get something done, not whine and obstruct virtually everything.

    September 21, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  9. JK

    Likely to survive? LOL!

    It was passed as the law of the land almost FOUR years ago for chrissakes. America spoke when they re-elected president Obama. The GOP and loony Libertarians refuse to accept ANYTHING from a black president and continue to proceed as if this is some horrible mistake that will be fixed.

    And they wonder why they are on the edge of looney in the politcal spectrum.

    September 21, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  10. Guest

    Why is the GOP trying to prevent so many millions of Americans from having health insurance? Ironically I'm certainly that the vast majority of them already have their own health insurance.

    Congress needs to make some improvements. I see one of the most important issues is that they need to greatly lower the hours from 32 so employers will stop gaming the system.

    September 21, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  11. marilyn

    Tell your party that it will survive so quit playing with our lives, accept who are president is and work with him, because the only people you hurt are the American people, the people dumb enough to keep voting for you guys.

    September 21, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  12. John Tater

    Conservative policy on health care: We've got ours, so screw 'em. We don't need no stinking policy unless the democrats try to do something, then we have to have a policy to kill the attempt.

    September 21, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  13. mikeymo74

    I could have told him this months ago. The Republican Party has been held hostage by the most extreme in its ranks and is in turn holding America hostage. Then they wonder why they can't win a national election?

    September 21, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. Tampa Tim

    Correction : With the exception of the 24% who want it repealed, Americans will get what is desperately needed: affordable health care.

    September 21, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  15. Marc O

    Right as usual.

    September 21, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  16. jon

    We NEED affordable health care. Let's move on! Stop the stupid GOP.

    September 21, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  17. Alonso

    All the GOP cares about are themselves & the wealthy they don't care about the middle class

    September 21, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  18. Elucidated1

    Rand, the only people who actually believed that the Republicans could repeal/defund the ACA are stupid right wing shills. 90% of Congress knows they can't. So, why did they vote over 40 times in the house to repeal it? Just playing to the stupid base. . .and they are. Obamacare is law, it will work, to the demise of Republicans, who are going to look stupid in 2016 and give the election to Hillary.

    September 21, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. Skarphace

    The ACA is a bipartisan piece of legislation. In fact, it comprises of more conservative ideas than liberal ones. It is the very best implementation of universal health care that we are likely to get in America. If the ACA is repealed, it will not be replaced and we will go back to emergency room care for very many Americans, which is the worst solution of all.

    Implement it now. Fix it later, as we see first hand what the problems are. Most of the propaganda against the ACA will be disproven as we see how the law works. As we see its flaws, we will improve it. In the long run, it will become what we need.

    September 21, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. termlimits

    Socialism is a philosophy of failure, ignorance and envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. Churchill. The dems are sociopaths.

    September 21, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  21. Evskie

    I'm about tired of the GOP threatening to sabotage the U.S. economy to get what they want. If Obama Care is so bad then they should have no problems in the next elections, so what do they really fear? By the end of this year the deficit will be cut in half including Obama Care. What more can you ask for from a administration in less than 2 terms right after a recession? Next up, the debt limit and once again our credit rating is going to drop and the economy will stall again if not crash.

    September 21, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  22. jake

    every once in a while rand puts down the crack pipe and sees reality through the drug-induced fog. good for him.........

    September 21, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  23. Aaa comment.

    Why are our elected officials so zealous to pass a tax from which they have exempted themselves???

    September 21, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. Linda

    Just another waste of time and resources trying to repeal the ACA. Is there any chance Congress will now get off of its collective bum and do some real work?

    September 21, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  25. Lib

    stop wasting our time. Get back to real work!

    September 21, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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