Rand Paul on Obamacare: Democrats will get what they want
September 21st, 2013
08:55 PM ET
5 years 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. Catmandew

    Why doesn't our elected officials have their jobs done and a budget made yet? Too busy playing hookie as usual. Why doesn't the govt just let the people vote if they want Obamacare. It would help if our 2 faced leader knew anything about government and how it works. Rand you are right tho. Why hasn't the senate done their jobs?

    September 21, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  2. NameTA

    I hate Obama Muhammad

    September 21, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  3. gwtheyrn

    You never had a chance to repeal it in the first place, you complete nut.

    September 21, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  4. Vike

    Obama care empowers corporations to cut costs and force employees to the exchanges. Anyone that believes this will cost effective and is good for the nation is crazy. OC continues to aid in the 1% wealth growth and divides the USA even further. We need to implement term limits, expose special interests, and put individuals in office that represent the people. How many politicians are your peers as our founding fathers suggested? US is so corrupted...demand change or stop complaining. It's up to us.

    September 21, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  5. dallastexas75205

    we should let rand speak all he wants. After the Bush recession, the GOP/Tea Baggers do nothing for this country except hurt it. The GOP should be lynched on the Whitehouse lawn.

    September 21, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  6. penguin

    We need a way to have most Americans insured for health care. If the ACA is flawed, fix it. Don't just eliminate it!!!

    September 21, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  7. michael

    Its what the majority who voted President Obama into office each time wanted! I do not care what the polls showed! During the election cycle some polls had Obama losing and we know how that worked out! Americans like each provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but because of the poisoning of the well by conservative rightwing distortionist misleading American public we have this contradiction when its called Obamacare! Retardlicans don't care about what Americans needs or want, otherwise by now they would have come up with an alternative heathcare plan or an replacement instead of threat of dismantling provisions they support! The problem is President Obama's pigmentation! They will vote against everything even their own interest because the hate runs that deep with neocons!

    September 21, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  8. NameTA

    You want to blame someone for this pathetic hilarious train wreck called obamacare, blame stupid weakling Olympia snow republican from Maine who was the only republican yes vote for congress to even consider a vote on dumbamacare, if it wasn't for her this never would of happened, someone needs to investigate her bank account guaranteed obama bought her then she doesn't seek reelection, this lady is a fraud and traitor the disgusting joke looser weirdo named snow

    September 21, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  9. Bombdiggity

    This clown just fiqured this out. Move along little doggy.

    September 21, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  10. Jon

    Rand Paul for President 2016!

    September 21, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  11. Taylor

    So instead of trying to kill it, let's let things play out for a year or two and then fix the things that aren't working.

    September 21, 2013 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  12. Brian Hartman

    Well, thank you, Captain Obvious...

    September 21, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  13. slavetrade

    Republicans can have their own country: Call it the "United" States of something, where religious tenets rule the day, like Islamists in some parts of the world. But don't have access to nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them because trying to do so would mean putting this 'new nation' into the same pariah class of nations as DPRK, PR Iran and Pakistan. In other words, Americans cannot allow the GOP to wrest control of the Executive Branch of the current United States of America as religious ideology and nukes don't co-exist in this new century. Fight it out like barbarians with old technologies.

    September 21, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  14. Not Too Hard To Understand

    Well, d'uh. Of course ACA (Obamacare) will survive. President Obama won two landslide victories based on healthcare reform. Contrary to what John Boehner is saying, people in this country DO what Obamacare and are glad that we're one small step closer to a single payer healthcare system. Not much gets by this Rand Paul guy, does it?

    September 21, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  15. Sandra

    NOBODY believes you guys will do anything! (Except obstruct.) Tools.

    September 21, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  16. Gregory

    After reading the information sheet on Obamacare, it actually looks like a decent health care law. People should read it and make their own decision.

    September 21, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  17. judith

    For once Ron Paul's lunatic offspring is correct. Just look at the crazy look in Rand's eye–that's just one reason he'll never be President.

    September 21, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  18. bilk7

    Well, finally at least one right wing extremist is admitting reality!

    September 21, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  19. Mark Stevenson

    Instead of working to defund Obamacare...why doesn't Congress focus on fixing it and actually putting into place the various provisions that would drive down the cost of healthcare...such as reimbursing for health outcomes vs. procedures and evidenced based practices. This obviously entails taking on the special interests of device manufacturers, medical professionals, pharmaceutical companies, and insurance companies that were the cause of the initial watering down of Obamacare in the first place.

    September 21, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  20. Dylan

    Paul has ZERO chance of winning in 2016. He'll run, but nothing will come of it.

    September 21, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  21. Darrell44

    vote out all republicants!!!

    vote out all republicants!!!

    vote out all republicants!!!

    September 21, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  22. Tony Manero

    Perhaps if the GOP negotiated in 2010 during the bill process, they wouldn't be whining and risking economic uncertainty. However, when I look at the map, the sane wouldn't be able to form a United States of America coast-to-coast.

    September 21, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  23. Larry L

    Neither Paul nor any of the other Republicans offer anything viable to replace Obamacare. Why would anybody replace a healthcare plan with a non-idea? Exactly like his father, Rand Paul can offer an oration on why something doesn't work, but no pragmatic ideas on how to solve the problem.

    September 21, 2013 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  24. Justjean

    From Rand's lips to God's ears. At last they get it.

    September 21, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  25. cynthia avishegnath

    I'm not gonna vote my local Republican into Congress unless she refrain from participating in wasting their time in Congress as an excuse not to solve more pressing problems. Dear senator Collins, many of us have always supported you.

    September 21, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
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