Rand Paul on Obamacare: Democrats will get what they want
September 21st, 2013
08:55 PM ET
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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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soundoff (273 Responses)
  1. Bhawk1

    Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN) takes in 3.4 million dollars a year from the Ag Dept . Mr Paul–why don't you go after this guy instead of the people on SNAP and those that will get health care. A-whole

    September 21, 2013 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  2. Jerry

    So can we stop trying to repeal the law and start working together to fix issues with it now? If both sides had worked together the past three years since the law was passed to fix problems with it we would all be better off. Instead one side had to try to torpedo it. Accept that it exists, accept that it's the law. We all understand it's nowhere near perfect, so let's work together and fix it.

    September 21, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  3. nunya

    Rand, YOUR KIDDING RIGHT? Duh... The Repukedagains are just making political waves that they know will only tarnish thier record more. House has tried to repeal Obama Care 43 times and 43 times its failed.. Really? Take a hint and stop slapping yourselves in the face!

    September 21, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  4. FKell

    Rand, how about you try and craft a replacement bill for Obamacare instead of simply trying to repeal it? All the GOP has done is say that you like parts of it (coverage of children until 26, not denying coverage for per-existing conditions, etc.,) but hate the parts such as requiring people to get healthcare. So why not actually draft a bill that has the parts you like in it which at the same time overrides the parts you don't like. In other words, put up or shut up...

    September 21, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Like this is even news...

    September 21, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  6. TNPatriot

    The most intelligent comment he has made since he stepped into the political arena.

    September 21, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  7. Ted

    Is this politician related to old crank and luno Paul?

    September 21, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  8. orrball

    I hope they rap this bill around Reid's neck for some one from Nevada he shore is not for Freedoms of cause being from Chicago I know what shade people are like and we are looking at two

    September 21, 2013 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  9. PR

    Maybe if the repugnicants would offer an alternative to Obamacare we might believe that they care...but in reality all they care about is their rich donors, the rich doctors, and the rich insurance companies who will make out like thieves because of Obamacare,

    September 21, 2013 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  10. sara

    instead of spending all their time trying to repeal the law they should have worked with the dems to fix it.

    September 21, 2013 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  11. Maximum bob

    This Republican effort will lead to the demise of the Republican Party as we know it. And I am a lifelong Libertarian and Republican. Just totally stupid effort. Focus on 2014!

    September 21, 2013 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  12. Howard

    Whoa! This guy just might be smarter than he sounds most of the time.

    September 21, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  13. KWhite

    Well I think another waste of time symbolic vote would help....American businesses have spent billions on new products and services to offer around the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) which of course was fashioned after Massachusetts Health Care Reform, which should be known as RommeyCare... I think the House of Representatives should all pack their bags and go home. What a worthless bunch of narcissistic idiots!

    September 21, 2013 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  14. tonyb

    What an idiot. The senate won't agree with the house and the President won't repeal his own signature piece of legislation. This is the republican's best hope.... please.

    September 21, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  15. Steve

    Please run Mr. Paul. If you are the best the republicans have, you will loose by a landslide. Obamacare is the law of the land.

    September 21, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  16. DarkPoet

    Yes because Obama already defunded a large portion of OBAMACARE he has succeeded in putting the blame on the Republicans.

    Think about it this way.. sacrifice Obamacare and everyone gets paid..... Don't sacrifice Obamacare and everyone suffers more then you can imagine.

    September 21, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  17. roro

    Exactly what is it that these people hate about the ACA, other than it's Obama's legislation. Why not wait to see what works, what doesn't, and then tweak it? That seems reasonable to me. The Tea Partiers are not at all reasonable. It's their way or the highway. Just like 4 year olds.

    September 21, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  18. Sambell1

    Another self absorbed gop anarchist!

    September 21, 2013 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  19. us_1776

    Rand, you and the rest of your TEA Party cretins will soon have a rude awakening.


    September 21, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  20. MJ Price

    The Party of "No" will come up short on repealing the Affordable Care Act, yet again. If they are so concerned that the insurance industry won't continue to reap their outrageous profits, then they should come up with a sound alternative that makes sure those who need help get it and that their plan will stop the rate at which the cost of health care in America continues to increase. It's easy to cast stones ... much harder than coming up with a sound plan.

    September 21, 2013 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  21. Caleb Boone

    Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:

    Obamacare to survive?


    How unexpected!

    How unusual to learn the obvious!

    And how moronic for foolish Caucasian adults across the country to believe that legislation which has passed both houses of Congress and been signed into law by the President would magically disappear just because the President is a Negro whom they hate?

    Have a Dovely.

    Sincerely yours,
    Caleb Boone.

    September 21, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  22. rob

    Rand Paul for President!

    September 21, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  23. da

    Another Clown caves in. Vote in some new puppets America-you deserve it.

    September 21, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  24. jinx9to88

    Yep, but the GOP will try again in a week to repeal the LAW again.

    September 21, 2013 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  25. Brian

    He explained it perfectly how our two political capitalist parties work. It is Apple vs. Micosoft. We must win and beat the other and to hell with what is best for America. It is all about what is best for us and our political position. It is winning (whatever the objective) with both parties not matter what the other party might say. My money is out of the market just now.

    September 21, 2013 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
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