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. CaptiveAudience

    One day the politicians might consider what the people want rather than what they want. If ordinary people went to work and threatened to shut down the company because they didn't like or want to negotiate with other employees they would all get fired.

    The American people hate the health care plan as it stands but they don't want to see it repealed. Why? Because healthcare in this country is an issue and they know if it's repealed people will have to be dropping dead on the street in droves before the issue is revisited by our lazy incompetent legislators. They want their representatives to do their job and iron out an acceptable plan. Of course they won't. They should all be locked in with a diet of bread and water until they get their job done.

    September 22, 2013 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  2. Craig

    He's right. The Party of No can't muster enough No's to even send it to the President, who, of course, would immediately veto it. Now, having wasted weeks and weeks and millions of dollars trying to repeal it, they still haven't figured out that the American People are completely disgusted with them. They continue to pander to a narrow base that seeks nothing less that the complete destruction of the country. If it wouldn't be such a train-wreck for the rest of us I'd almost like to give them a short try-out...and watch their "ideas" completely backfire. In the meantime, I guess we just watch the GOP implosion, laugh as they stumble from one disaster to the next, and then...maybe around 2020....some other "conservative party" begins to start over. Certainly they can kiss 2014 and 2016 good bye.

    September 22, 2013 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  3. I'mvotingforHillary

    The GOP is obsessed with getting rid on Obamacare just because Obama is black and managed to accomplish something a white president has not been able to accomplish. It has nothing to do with money or anything else. It has EVERYTHING to do with tearing down a black man's accomplishment in order to say he was a failure. They cannot stand to see him succeed at anything. I'm sure when a white GOP president is back in office they will agree to everything he wants no matter how stupid and costly it is.

    September 22, 2013 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  4. Carl Hudson

    No kidding, Rand? As if your side's effort ever had any credibility. And don't bother whining about Washington, you're a part of it. The part, in fact, that continues to waste the public's time and resources with defunding nonsense.

    September 22, 2013 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  5. Firstname Lastname

    No they won't. The money lack of money is the same no matter what party you are in. You can't spend what you don't have.

    September 22, 2013 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  6. Hmmm.

    We will kill it at a grassroots level through creative tax returns.

    September 22, 2013 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  7. Hmmmm

    Obamacare will be the next Boston Tea Party. We will defund the government at the local and state level.

    September 22, 2013 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  8. jeff

    Citizens will get sick, feel cheated by obamacare, and then HATE THE GOVERNMENT. This is so obvious. People in 10-20 years are going to hate-hate the government because of what they didnt pay for, for their now dead mother or something.

    September 22, 2013 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  9. Name Alex Viteri

    I interpret Rand Paul's comments to mean he has been grand standing to gain attention for the next presidential election. Nothing has changed about the Heath care plan in a year nor has its support. It is simply disgraceful to see Rand rampage for recognition and ignore stating factual reasons why the worlds richest nation cant provide medical aid to its citizens. How can we trust a person who threatens our governments budget to gain personal recognition? I sure hope our voters remember the stock market went down because of tthes anticts. Costng us working class a lot. .

    September 22, 2013 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  10. Dr. Chaplain Kenneth Newlin

    Obama's dream comes true,as Everybody will hate you Obama but nobody read Obama care through,so as you leave your office into oblivion like unto your predecessor's you will be hunted.

    September 22, 2013 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  11. 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). This joke of a president is out to destroy the nation and america is making so easy for him rather than standing and demanding him out of office as he clearly has demonstrated he hasn't our interest at heart only his muslim brothers (his own words)

    September 22, 2013 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  12. ep tor

    What Rand fails to say is the Republicans don't have a better plan, in fact, they have no plan at all except to let the uninsured either die without treatment or let the taxpayer pay the huge emergency room bills the uninsured poor or uninsured deadbeats run up. Obama care is by far the lesser of two evils. Single payer would have been the way to go because that allows some form of cost control. With multiple payers, the insurance companies will ratchet up premium costs what the market will bear as they do with every other type of policy.

    September 22, 2013 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  13. Anonymous

    A tool talking about cobbling together legislation? The tea baggers are very delusional in thinking this seemly 'rational" voice in the senate has ANY chance in a PRIMARY for the 2016 president election, let alone a chance to win. LOL is an understatement!!

    September 22, 2013 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  14. Jeff

    This may be a personal break through for Senator Paul... He finally acknowledged reality. Thanks for admitting the obvious.

    September 22, 2013 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  15. Questions401

    It is already law, if you want to repeal it Republicans will have to wait until they have the house senate and presidency, holding the country hostage with a shutdown or threatening to force a credit default does nothing but make the republicans in power look bad.

    September 22, 2013 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  16. Name Uche Agonsi

    Few shocking news I have learnt so far are that the Repub party is the only group that put to practise GOVTS SHUT DOWN as party agenda in their desperation to ruin an incumbent Govt and win election; that the same Repub party hates to see any benefit go for any American citizen in middle class and poor families....giving them any benefit irritates the Repubs unless those that trickle down to them by their trickle-down economics; that these Repubs hate tax payment for rich Americans. They want taxes from only the poor and middle class Americans. Even in disaster situations they dont want relief for the poor/middle class, just like they dont want any assistance to students. Infact the Repubs belive in the saying, 'to whom much is given less is expected'. Apart from JB( Jebb Bush) and CC( Chris Christie), the rest repubs are liars, wild, evil congregation of men with destructive hate politics as a core item in their menu.

    September 22, 2013 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  17. Tim

    Hey Randy? What took you so long to finally get a clue about the real world and the difference between it and your fantasy world?

    September 22, 2013 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  18. Nietzsche

    Democrats will get what they want?
    After holding the USA and it's government hostage?
    Your characters must be assassinated for this...
    Destroy all your glory...
    Pack of losers, terrorists...
    You back out now and you will be annihilated...
    Or you can admit you are wrong to the American People

    September 22, 2013 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  19. moxjox

    Uhhh could the House and Senate concentrate on something ACTUALLY PRODUCTIVE – – – like JOB CREATION for a change..instead of just trying to stonewall Obama. Yeah...I now I'm just dreaming.

    September 22, 2013 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  20. Martin

    The ACA - "Obamacare" - is a recognition that the current US health system has a problem, its too expensive, it delivers the wrong kind of care to many and it carries unacceptable financial risks for users and providers alike. The ACA tries to address these problems; it may not be entirely successful but the thing to do is to work to improve it. The GoP has focused from Day 1 on defeating it because of a personal fight with Obama; this is a fight they were destined to lose and in doing so make themselves look impotent. They need to be more constructive.

    I think that both the Democratic and Republican leadership in Congress is past is sell-by date.

    September 22, 2013 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  21. Gezellig

    If Obamacare was so bad, the Republicans would let it fully come into existence so the Democrats would take the blame for the disaster. Instead the Republicans are terrified that once implemented, the American people will realize that Obamacare isn't the boogieman the Republicans have been making it out to be.

    September 22, 2013 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  22. Niall Macaulay

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

    Well that about sums up this guy's intellect. Yet another right-winger without a clue as to how the world works beyond filling their own bank account by toeing the line for their sponsors.

    September 22, 2013 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  23. i12bphil

    I really hope so. The only way for Americans to know if something is bad or good for them is to have it imposed on them. Otherwise its just speculation with no proof or experience. Once we've suffered through this for a while, and after it becomes so insufferable we can no longer afford it, there will be no doubt in the minds of anyone that this is not the way to fix health care. There are just too many things to fix besides insurance and everyone having it. The main reason health care is so expensive in America is not for the simple reasons we assume, but because there is nothing in place to control the costs. If a pill costs $7 and will save your life, why shouldn't it be that same pill should cots $124 if you can find a way to pay for it. The ACA is a band aide on an amputation.

    September 22, 2013 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  24. American

    Well it's nice to hear a Republican acknowledge reality for a change.

    September 22, 2013 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  25. tara wilder

    I think the political madness and the war is driving the united states bankrupt and poverised and only the schemes to gain more power and. Money. Will eventually kill us all

    September 22, 2013 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
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