Rand Paul on Obamacare: Democrats will get what they want
September 21st, 2013
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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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  1. Andy

    Probably? He's got one half of the legislative branch and the entire executive and judicial branch against him and his party on this one. There is no "probably" about it.

    September 22, 2013 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  2. truth

    what I want to know is what if anything that the government has been running better than ever before and has it really ever made anything better?
    an inflated dollar off shoring American industry and ruining the middle class come to mind

    September 22, 2013 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  3. Michael Benjamin

    The Tea Potty is caving and they haven't even voted. They have fought the battles losing all of them and soon this war will be over. Then they can start wreaking havoc with economy over the debt ceiling.

    September 22, 2013 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  4. Thomas

    Randy , Randy , your so presidential !

    Paul / Bachmann 2016
    Bring in the clowns

    September 22, 2013 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  5. lydiahawk

    Thank God. Both of our young adult kids have health insurance only because of Obamacare. They are working hard to try to make a living, but would be unable to afford basic health care were they not able to be covered by our (very expensive) health insurance.

    September 22, 2013 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  6. raynewman0025

    It's been said that the American frontier spirit can be`summed up in 4`words: DON'T PUSH ME AROUND

    September 22, 2013 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  7. Just a typical constituent

    It's about time the GOP's foolishness was brought to a halt. I am certainly glad the Affordable Care Act is here & moving forward.

    September 22, 2013 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  8. anndye

    i think obama care will be good for the kids and adults whom cant afford insurance as long as payments are low enough they can afford it i say leave obama alone and let him do hes job!

    September 22, 2013 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  9. lerianis

    Try certain, not just likely.

    September 22, 2013 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  10. Larry

    Finally a republican that understands that government is a compromise and that the vast majority either like obamacare or want an even better obamacare.

    September 22, 2013 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  11. Xira

    So Rand Paul is a realist and pragmatist instead of a brainwashed ideologue obstructionist?

    Rand Paul 2016! Hillary had her chance!

    September 22, 2013 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  12. cucmbersuker

    The dudes the greatest president that we probably will never have. Oh well. Status Quo 2016!

    September 22, 2013 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  13. a obamintion

    once obama's failed presidency is ended his ridiculous healthcare bill will quickly be repealed...

    September 22, 2013 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  14. DK

    2016 speculation? Rand Paul was an eye doctor just two years ago - no way he is ready to be President. Even if he were, no one who is named after Ayn Rand and takes her 'greed and selfishness are good' pholosphy seriously as he does is fit for office. Rand Paul would gut the Civil Rights Act, turn back the clock on gay rights and womens rights, slash taxes for the rich, and leave working families vulnerable to selfish, greedy corporate sharks. On top of that, his naive foreign policy would put all America's at risk. Republicans should nominate someone like Chris Christie. Americans cannot afford Rand Paul.

    September 22, 2013 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  15. BO

    According to Newsbusters "Now this is a way to approach our healthcare problems: increase the number of tax collectors and decrease the number of doctors - brilliant!" So said syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer about ObamaCare on Fox News's Special Report Friday.

    September 22, 2013 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  16. andrew

    Of COURSE it's going to survives...IT'S THE LAW OF THE LAND!!!

    September 22, 2013 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  17. andrew

    Well, it IS the law....

    September 22, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  18. Name Uche Agonsi

    If there is any group that requires some workshops on basic inter-party relationships in Democratic governance, is the Republican party. 99% of their Congressmen and women are devoid of diplomacy. They believe in lies, tricks, subversion, force, anything chaotic, name it. I have in several occasions tried to reconcile myself with some senses they displayed but ended up disappointed. Even when some statements from some of them like Gingrich, Boehner, one or two others might sound good for purposes of argument, whatever is good in them would utterly be destroyed by their hard, insensitive, intolerant, force-oriented posturings, that would make any peace-loving mind query how such a person could be a leader. Contrarily, two attractive Repubs i admire are CC (Chris Christie) and JB ( Jebb Bush). These are the only charming cookies the Repubs have for a blend. In a world of computerised nukes, the prinipal safety safeguide is a peace-loving LEADERSHIP.

    September 22, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |

    Rant Paul becomes the second loose cannon(along with Rapheal Cruz) to warn the Guns Over People Partial Government Shutdown tea potty wingnuts who can't process or handle the truth. A bill WAS cobbled together and it is now THE LAW. A law that the American people desperately need despite all of the lies being told to them. The goobers that they are shaking down for money won't listen to the warnings by Rant and Rapheal Cruz.

    September 22, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  20. jake

    The "Do Nothing" party is at it again. The GOP might as well stand for GASOSAURUS OLD PARTY because they are becoming as extinct as the dinosaurs.

    September 22, 2013 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  21. MOculus

    What a dangerous ideologue. Arguably worse than his lunatic daddy.

    September 22, 2013 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  22. Disgusted

    And meanwhile, we are 8 days out from the start of this program and we have no idea what it will cost us or what will happen to Medicare and supplemental insurance OR what will be really covered by this convoluted mess. If something takes thousands of pages to explain and is pushed through with little information to those who have to use and pay for it, while the legislators and the president refuse to be a part of it, you can be sure is will not be good for any of us.

    September 22, 2013 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  23. liberal disease

    lucky us, we have to give up the plan we like for something Obama thought up in a week. After all he has a lot of experience with health care!

    September 22, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  24. superbole

    In other words, Mr Paul, this whole effort was just another massive bungling by the GOP-Tea Party. Even as Obama's popularity is (again) plummeting (RCP average 43.9% approve/50.5% disapprove), and as for "Obamacare" itself, 52% oppose it, 42% support. Just the other day, ABC reported that in 16 of their polls since August 2009, the law never received majority support. In the meantime, will you continue to put the country's credit rating at risk just to score political points? Is that the metric you now use for progress?

    September 22, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  25. bobhunter

    The American people themselves, even Obama supporters, will be in open rebellion against it once they see how much it's going to cost them and the service they get.

    September 22, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
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