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. zxrider

    Well, I guess you guys should have come up with something better. But you didn't. Instead of just being the party of "no", the Republicans could have participated and come up with something better. Step up or move out of the way!

    September 21, 2013 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  2. HomeBoy

    I think we all know this. But for the LOW INFORMATION VOTERS this is something that they may come across by accident as they muddle through their pitiful lives.

    September 21, 2013 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  3. vikingwoman

    No, Rand Paul this is not about you people in Washington DC,the R's &D's, it's about US, the people you supposedly govern & we Need affordable Healthcare! For many years the American poulace has put up w/very expensive medicine & doctors (who we have upheld as medical gods)! That system is so wrong! Even the most impoverished among us should have acces to Affordable healthcare, not just you rich politicians living off of our dime! X-vice pres Cheney got a heart transplant before many others on that list! That means that in our supposed democracy, those w/the $$$ win, the the rest of us pick up the pieces! I don't know if Obamacare will even the field,but it's worth a chance!!

    September 21, 2013 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  4. Doc Place

    Then why are they still pulling this stupid political stuff when the only people there are hurting is us workin' folk.

    September 21, 2013 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  5. ngc1300

    Quit being solely obstructionists. If you don't like it, make a counter proposal, rather than just whining "we don't like it".

    September 21, 2013 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  6. tony

    civilization is doing OK in most of the Western world, but running late in the USA

    September 21, 2013 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  7. Truth Now

    Glad you're disappointed, hypocrite. You wish you could enjoy your health insurance while denying Americans a chance to purchase their own.

    September 21, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  8. Tribe

    The Republicans really come off as spoiled entitled brats, who care nothing about the middle class. If you're not part of the solution, you're really part of the problem.

    September 21, 2013 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  9. revolting peasant

    The GOP should take all of this energy and put it into constructive proposed revisions for the affordable care act. I bet the American people would welcome a balanced bi-partisan debate that did not involve silly political games. It would be even better if it resulted in something positive.

    September 21, 2013 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  10. Meg

    Why does Senator Rand want to take my healthcare away? My insurer canceled my policy when I got skin cancer. Now I can be insured again. Obamacare also let me keep my college kids on my policy, saving them money too, and now with the laetst provisions I'm eligible for better coverage at less money than before. I'm middle class, not poor, and Obamacare is definitely helping me. I hate the Republicans for hurting so many people. Don't prejudge – check out Obamacare for yourself – my insurance broker says it's bettter for just about EVERYONE.

    September 22, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  11. H.

    In the words of Grumpy Cat ... Good.

    September 22, 2013 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  12. lloyd roberts

    So if it's so bad, (Obamacare), and will lead to the demise of the western world as the republicans say, then why not let it become law. Since it is such a horrible law, surely it will flop and cause total embarrassment to the democrats for years to come. So why all the histrionics, something smells fishy

    September 22, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  13. C. Martinez

    So sanity does exist in Washington...

    September 22, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  14. TJeff1776

    AND YET, despite all the monies paid by the health industry to the Republican congressmen, Obamacare survives. And well it should. Nationalizing the whole works would have been better and more in line with global wisdom.

    September 22, 2013 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  15. Name

    It will be a goooooood thing Mr Rando Pauly. Your little lamps on yor forehead may not see it yet but you base will love it. After all we will not have a black president forever lol! They will be happy , we all be happy. May god bless america.

    September 22, 2013 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  16. Daniel P. Hanover

    Since the constitutionality of OBAMACARE was upheld by only a single vote on SCOTUS, (I disagree with the decision as OBAMACARE CLEARLY violates numerous parts of the U.S. Constitution including, but not limited to, the 9th Amendment and the 10th Amendment), OBAMACARE COULD still be found unconstitutional by SCOTUS at a later date WHEN, not IF, a single SCOTUS justice is replaced.

    September 22, 2013 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  17. sandra

    i am so sick of this obamacare . my husband is on disability and i work a small part time job and i can not afford this obama care crap . he needs to shove it where the sun dont shine.

    September 22, 2013 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  18. just me

    That's as it should be. We can't allow a few dozen house nuts and a handful of seate nuts to dictate terms to the nation. you're not in charge no matter how much you hunger to be.

    September 22, 2013 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  19. Name James

    Even the average white person can see the Obamacare is in their best intrest..

    September 22, 2013 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  20. al

    if obama isn't afraid to face down syria, what makes the republicans think he's afraid of their playing chicken with him. the republicans blocked him at every possible avenue, so he knows he has nothing to loose by taking a stand. they already severed the relationship, so there's no incentive to negotiate to preserve it. and he doesn't have to worry about a next election. I think they forced obama the negotiator from the room. now they're stuck with dilligaf obama.

    September 22, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  21. DMan

    When Republicans offer a better solution to an obvious problem then a "do nothing approach" I will start listening.

    September 22, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  22. jeffc6578

    So Paul is finally admitting to his supporters that he's been lying the whole time, and has basically sold a pack of lies in order to make headlines and make inflate his ego.
    What a guy.

    September 22, 2013 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  23. MIchael

    Wow, imagine the GOP might come to realize if they weren't able to repeal Obamacare the first 50 times they tried it then it probably won't work now either.

    September 22, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  24. Sam

    Everyone knows health care is broken!!! Finally, a step has been made to fix health care. Now, instead of really fixing heath care, as the politicians were elected to do, many want to retreat and keep the old broken down system, with graft, fraud, and etc... No wonder people get so angry.

    September 22, 2013 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  25. Mona

    You mean, Paul actually got a clue????

    September 22, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
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