Republicans used to talk about repealing Obamacare like it was the black plague, but after recent events and a new president, they’ve seemed to become very ‘wishy-washy’ about the idea of repealing the seemingly negative health care option.
Senator Rand Paul wrote an exclusive to Breitbart in which he baffled at the logic of some of these Republicans:
“I miss the old days, when Republicans stood for repealing Obamacare. Republicans across the country and every member of my caucus campaigned on repeal – often declaring they would tear out Obamacare ‘root and branch!’”
He goes on to describe his opinion of why Republicans are backing away from repeal:
“Now too many Republicans are falling all over themselves to stuff hundreds of billions of taxpayers’ dollars into a bill that doesn’t repeal Obamacare and feeds Big Insurance a huge bailout.
Obamacare regulations? Still here. Taxes? Many still in place, totaling hundreds of billions of dollars.
Insurance company bailouts? Those, too. Remember when Republicans complained about Obamacare’s risk corridors? Remember when we called the corridors nothing more than insurance company bailouts? I remember when one prominent GOP candidate during a presidential debate explicitly called out the Obamacare risk corridors as a bailout to insurance companies. Does anyone else?
Now, the Senate GOP plan being put forward is chock full of insurance bailout money – to the tune of nearly $200 billion. Republicans, present company excluded, now support the idea of lowering your insurance premium by giving a subsidy to the insurance company.
Remarkable. If the GOP now supports an insurance stabilization fund to lower insurance prices, maybe they now support a New Car stabilization fund to lower the price of cars. Or maybe the GOP would support an iPhone stabilization fund to lower the price of phones.
The possibilities are limitless once you accept that the federal government should subsidize prices. I remember when Republicans favored the free choice of the marketplace.”
Paul continues his exclusive saying that the Senate Obamacare bill doesn’t actually repeal Obamacare which is why he will not vote for the bill. Instead, according to Paul, the bill ‘codifies’ and will likely broaden many parts of it. Paul continues deeper with the aspects of the bill saying:
“The Senate Obamacare-lite bill codifies a federal entitlement to insurance. With the Senate GOP bill, Republicans, for the first time, will signal that they favor a key aspect of Obamacare – federal taxpayer funding of private insurance purchases.
The bill will transfer billions of dollars to people who will then transfer billions of dollars to insurance companies. What a great business model – encourage the federal government to use taxpayer money to buy a private company’s product. Great business model, that is, if you are Big Insurance. Remarkable.
The Senate Obamacare-lite bill does what the Democrats forgot to do – appropriate billions for Obamacare’s cost-sharing reductions, aka subsidies. Really? Republicans are going to fund Obamacare subsidies that the Democrats forgot to fund?”
The repeal is barely a repeal. Paul argues that the bill could even be worse than Obamacare-lite because it’s creating “a giant Superfund to bail out the insurance companies.” Disappointed and frustrated, Paul ends his exclusive saying, “Shame. Shame on many in the GOP for promising repeal and instead affirming, keeping, and, in some cases, expanding Obamacare. What a shame.”
Credit: Breitbart via Sen. Rand Paul