Rand Paul’s Logical Plan
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday described a general Obamacare replacement package, repeating his former statements that Republicans must pass “on the same day as we do repeal.”
“We’ve had six years to complain and we have complained — I’ve been one of those complaining about Obamacare,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “The replacement bill that we put together, our goal is to insure the most amount of people, give access to the most amount of people, at least the amount of cost.”
Republicans have disagreed about repealing and replacing on the same day.
“I completely disagree with those who say we either don’t have a plan or have to wait,” Paul told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday. “There are about 50 replacement bills that have been out there for years.”
Paul gave a preview of his replacement plan and argued that in requiring insurers to offer more robust plans, Obamacare drove up prices and pushed people out of the market.
Obamacare makes everyone pay for things they don’t need and for things that aren’t “rights” like birth control. It’s not affordable.
Selling Across State Lines
“One of the key reforms that we will do is, we’re going to legalize the sale of inexpensive insurance,” he said. “That means getting rid of the Obamacare mandates on what you can buy. We are going to help people save through health savings accounts, as well as a tax credit.”
Selling across state lines will be in the plan.
Competition will drive prices down. Some states won’t like that because they can’t compete due to their onerous regulations, but who cares.
Those less expensive options, would offer less robust care but also, as supporters argue, be tailored to what consumers view to be their specific needs.
In other words, people won’t have to pay for care they don’t need or won’t ever need.
Under Paul’s program, his plan allows individuals and associations like small businesses to create their own markets.
“There’s no reason why (a business owner) with four employees shouldn’t be able to join with hundreds and hundreds of other businesses that are small to become a large entity to get leverage to bring your prices down,” Paul told Tapper.
He added that those negotiations with insurance companies could also be used to guarantee the availability of policies that “can’t cancel you and guarantees the issue of the insurance even if you get sick.”
Medicaid, the Big Lie
Paul’s plan does not address the Medicaid expansion in some states like Kentucky.
“That’s the big question,” Paul said of their fate. “And I don’t think that’s going to be in the replacement aspect.”
The future of Medicaid expansion would then be decided during the repeal process. That can be decided with the nuclear option.
“What we have to decide is what can be kept and what can’t be kept,” Paul said, suggesting that the states should raise taxes if they want to maintain their current expenditure levels.
The expansion was accepted because of “deceitfulness”. People were not told the expansion required taxes be raised. Paul wants us to be “honest about it”.
“We have no money in Washington” and “we have a twenty trillion dollar debt”. Paul explained that people thought the expansion was paid for because of the dishonest way Obama presented it.
“So I’d say that if you want to have more Medicaid you should say we’re going to have to have higher taxes to pay for it,” he said.
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