(National Sentinel) Healthcare legislation: Sen. Rand Paul is no fan of the Republican health care bill. In fact, he’s not much of a fan of the way in which the GOP leadership is doing all it can to not repeal Obamacare.
On Sunday, the Kentucky Republican panned the latest iteration of GOP healthcare ‘reform,’ saying that the measure currently being bantered about in the upper chamber was largely written by insurance company lobbyists who “gamed the system” to score billions in subsidies from American taxpayers.
As reported by Lifezette:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Saturday evening that he had chosen to delay the chamber’s consideration of the Better Care Reconciliation Act until Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has recovered from surgery for a blood clot and returned to Washington, D.C. McCain’s vote is crucial for the Better Care Act because McConnell can only afford to lose two Republican votes, and both Paul and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) have announced they will be voting “no.”
Paul, a conservative, contends the bill does not deliver on Republicans’ explicit promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Collins, one of the least conservative members of the Senate GOP, believes the plan cuts the expansion of Medicaid too deeply and wants to protect other Obamacare provisions.
“This bill keeps most of the Obamacare taxes, keeps most of the regulations, keeps most of the subsidies,” Paul said on Fox News‘ “Fox News Sunday.” “And [it] creates something that Republicans have never been for, and that’s a giant insurance bailout superfund.”
Later, on CBS News‘ “Face the Nation,” Paul predicted that the McCain-triggered delay will only increase the bill’s chances of dying.
“You know, I think the longer the bill’s out there, the more conservative Republicans are going to discover that it’s not repeal and the more that everybody’s going to discover that it keeps the fundamental flaw of Obamacare,” Paul said. “It keeps the insurance mandates that cause the prices to rise, which chase young, healthy people out of the marketplace, and leads to what people call adverse selection, where you have a sicker and sicker insurance pool, and the premiums keep rising through the roof.”
Further, he noted: “And one of the amazing things to me is, for all the complaints of Republicans about Obamacare, we keep that fundamental flaw. And the reason you know Republicans acknowledge this is [that] they make a giant insurance fund to subsidize those prices. Basically, they’re subsidizing the death spiral of Obamacare. So for all Republicans’ complaints about the death spiral of Obamacare, they don’t fix it — they simply subsidize it with taxpayer monies, which I just don’t agree with at all.”
“Right now, the insurance companies have gamed the system such that they get enormous profit from the group plans. And then they lose money in the individual markets and they whine and they come to Washington,” Paul said on “Face the Nation.” “They write the bill and they get bailed out. It’s a terrible situation.”
Paul noted that Republicans have been promising through four elections to repeal and replace Obamacare with free-market-oriented reforms that give patients, providers and insurers much more choice, while lowering costs and prices through stiffer competition.
“They elected us to repeal Obamacare. And now we’re going to keep most of the taxes, keep the regs, keep the subsidies and create a giant bailout superfund for the insurance companies. I just don’t see it,” Paul said.
Neither do we. But we feel compelled to remind our readers that the current disaster that is our healthcare system, with its sky-high monthly premiums, spiraling out-of-pocket costs and reduced consumer choice, was brought to us by Democrats, including many who are still in office and who, today, won’t lift a finger to help Republicans fix what they didn’t break.
That means to Democrats, politics is much more important than delivering a workable solution for all Americans — including the misguided souls who still vote for them in elections.