Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) reportedly walked out of a meeting with GOP leaders on Tuesday as they talked about retaining portions of the Affordable Care Act, which they promised to repeal. Among the things discussed to keep was the expansion of Medicaid, which is nothing more than more Socialism just like the prescription drug bill was under a Republican House, Senate and White House during the term of President George W. Bush.
For six years, the GOP-led House talked about how bad Obamacare was and is. They voted six times for a full repeal of Obamacare, and guess what? That was without a replacement! They voted 54 times, according to The Washington Examiner, with votes that “ranged from defunding measures that would have crippled Obamacare to delaying measures that would have put off some of the very same provisions in the law that President Obama has delayed unilaterally, to measures fixing portions of the law that passed both houses of Congress with bipartisan support and were signed by the president.”
Just keep that in mind when you are told there must be a replacement to the unconstitutional legislation before repealing it, or that there needs to be a replacement at all.
Politico reports, “Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) left before it was over, having heard enough of a conversation that he says centers around keeping Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion intact and creating tax credits that he called a “new entitlement program,” though a Republican in the room rebutted the notion that the topic of Medicaid expansion came up in the Tuesday meeting with Ryan.”
“I hear things that are unacceptable to me,” Paul said in an interview afterward. “If they don’t seem to care what conservatives think about complete repeal of Obamacare, they’re going to be shocked when they count the votes.”
RINO Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who is a key committee chairman on Obamacare said, “It’s hard to see how this gets done unless the president says, ‘OK, let’s do it this way.'”
While the President may influence legislation, why is the Congress not simply doing what the people have demanded? The people have not demanded replacing Obamacare. They have demanded a full, unequivocal repeal of it! It seems that we were right when we said the GOP establishment doesn’t really want to get rid of Obamacare totally, they just want their own brand of it and control it.
If you don’t believe me, just listen to another RINO, Rep. Peter King (R-NY).
“Right now, I would say it’s not that easy to repeal it. I don’t know if it’s a guarantee,” said Rep. Peter King (R-NY). “I don’t know where the White House is. The president has said he’s not going to be kicking people off the program, off the rolls. He’s not going to do that.”
Really? You don’t think it easy to repeal? Surely you jest Rep. King. Were you not one who voted, knowing full well it would not pass? Yet, you voted for a full repeal six times!
So, Trump’s not going to “kick people off the progrm.. or the rolls”? I’m not surprised by this. After all, Trump pushed universal healthcare during the campaign and also said he was interested in keeping portions of Obamacarethat are unconstitutional, as well. Indeed, Trumpcare is no solution for Obamacare.
Politico went on to report:
Now the Freedom Caucus — in tandem with Paul, who’s been meeting with the rowdy band of conservatives regularly — are pushing for another vote on a 2015 repeal bill vetoed by President Barack Obama. That was originally the starting point for Republicans after the election. But now, some Republican senators are wary, because there’s no guarantee it would be replaced with something satisfactory to millions of their constituents.
The divide has put Republican leaders in a serious jam.
“It’s hard,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). “If it were just up to me, I’d have the plan tomorrow.”
“We should do full repeal,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). “And full repeal means not taking the taxes” from people.
As for Senator Paul, his plan includes opening up the insurance market and allowing individuals to pool their insurance with others to secure the lowest premium.
“There’s not one item in the plan that we think a Republican would object to,” he told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Paul’s plan seems very much what the Constitution allows for in this matter, and it promotes the liberty of insurance companies and individuals by allowing cheap catastrophic insurance to be sold, tax-free Medical Savings Accounts, and allow individuals to join in an association to have leverage to get lower prices. Take a listen.
I’m just fine with that, as long as there is no new central bureaucracy created and it doesn’t cost taxpayers any more money. However, that is not a replacement for Obamacare. Obamacare, despite a Supreme Court ruling, is unconstitutional. It is within the power of the Congress to regulate commerce between the states per the Constitution.
I don’t believe Congress has been given constitutional authority to enact such things as Medicaid or Medicare, regardless of who wants it. That should be dealt with, as well.
In the end, I question whether the GOP is actually serious about really getting rid of Obamacare or whether they are actually wanting to form their own brand of it. Perhaps, Matt Drudge is right, the GOP should be sued for fraud regarding their promises.
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