“I’m acknowledging we can’t probably defeat or get rid of Obamacare,” he said. “But by starting with our position of not funding it, maybe we get to a position where we make it less bad.”
__ Senator Rand Paul
Yours truly is very disappointed in Senator Rand Paul’s apparent change of heart on defunding ObamaCare. I was an early supporter of Rand Paul when he first entered the Senate. I saw him as a more rational version of his father; a man of character with solid libertarian principles. Since the ObamaCare battle began heatig up over the last few weeks we saw the House Republicans (and two Democrats) pass a Continuing Resolution that funded all of government with the exception of ObamaCare. It was widely reported that Senator Ted Cruz had the backing of Senators Lee, Rubio, and Paul and together they were going to hold the line in support of their House brethren. However, now it looks as though Rand Paul is ready to surrender before the first shot is fired in the Senate. From the same Fox News link above we learn:
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Saturday that President Barack Obama’s healthcare law is unlikely to be repealed or defunded and suggested that there were few options and not much time left for his fellow congressional Republicans to halt the law’s full implementation.
Speaking to reporters at a gathering of Michigan Republicans, Paul, a hot prospect for a presidential campaign in 2016, said Republicans in Congress could use votes on measures in the House and in the Senate to come up with compromise legislation that could make the law more palatable. Some provisions, Paul said, include removing caps on health savings account contributions or deductibles for health policies.
Some Senate Republicans, including would-be 2016 presidential rivals Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, have said they would vote to refuse to pay for the health care law, even if it meant shutting down portions of the government. Paul has called closing down the government “a dumb idea.”
Make the law more palatable??? Cancer can’t be made more palatable. It has to be cut out completely!
Closing down government is a dumb idea? Of course, it would be dumb for the President and the Democrats to partially close down government (partially is all that really happens) to save a program that polls show only a third of likely voters support. That would be very dumb indeed!
If there was one member of the House or the Senate that I thought we conservatives could count on, it was Rand Paul. I guess I was wrong… again.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?