Rand Paul: Trump Likely Has the Power to Pardon Himself

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he believes President Donald Trump has the ability to pardon himself. Host Jake Tapper asked Paul if he believes Trump has the power to do so, and Paul replied, “I think in all likelihood he does. I think that some of this hasn’t been adjudicated.” Trump himself believes he has the “complete power” to pardon, however, he tweeted out Saturday that he has nothing to pardon himself from. While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us.FAKE NEWS — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017 Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Rand Paul: Voting for a Clean Obamacare Repeal a ‘Victory’


Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said it was a “victory” that Senate Republicans were going to vote on a “clean” bill to repeal Obamacare. Paul said,”What I’m calling a victory is not the defeat of the plan, what I’m calling a victory is that we will get to vote on a clean repeal. I’ve been advocating that we repeal Obamacare — all of it — and we’re at least going to get a vote on a partial repeal and that is a victory.” He continued,”I wasn’t in favor of an insurance company bail out. The previous bill had about $180 billion dollars to give to insurance companies. Insurance companies have gotten rich on Obamacare. They used to make $6 billion a year in profit. They’re now up to $15 billion a year in profit. We shouldn’t be giving any taxpayer money to insurance companies, so I objected to that, but I’m actually in favor of and will vote to go to the clean repeal that’s being proposed now.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Rand Paul on Health Care Bill: ‘I Still Sense We’re at Impasse’ — Suggests Dividing Bill in Two


Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said he and his GOP colleagues in the Senate were still at “impasse” on the legislation being considered to repeal and replace Obamacare. “I still sense we’re at impasse,” Paul said. “And I said yesterday at lunch with our Republican caucus and everybody kind of laughed because there is still quite a bit of disagreement. There’s basically two factions. There’s conservatives like myself who don’t want new federal programs, we want to repeal Obamacare. And then there’s some of the moderates who kind of want to keep some of Obamacare and they’re not to opposed to new federal government programs.” Paul said one proposal he offered was to divide the bill into two, one of which would pass with the Republican majority and another on a spending bill, which could earn Democrat votes. “So what I’ve come up with and I talked to the president yesterday about this is what about dividing the bill in two?” Paul added. “Do the repeal, which no Democrat will vote for. Repeal the taxes, repeal the regulations, and do a fix to Medicaid that helps to pay for everything. No Democrats will
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Rand: Senate GOP Healthcare Bill May Well Make Obamacare Death Spiral Worse

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On Monday’s “CNN Newsroom,” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) criticized the Senate GOP’s healthcare bill for keeping too many Obamacare regulations and possibly making the Obamacare death spiral worse. Rand said, “[W]e keep 10 of 12 of the Obamacare regulations, we still keep the idea that you can buy it after you get sick. So I’m concerned that the death spiral of Obamacare may well even get worse with the Republican version. I’m also concerned that the Republican version keeps most of the subsidies and actually creates a brand-new subsidy, $120 billion subsidy for insurance companies called a stabilization fund. All of those things together make me very concerned that we’re not going to fix the problem here.” He added, “[E]verybody seems to be afraid of freedom. What we should do is legalize inexpensive insurance. … That means insurance without any regulations, insurance that you can buy what you want at the price you want to pay. Because right now, we have people with big hearts who say, oh it should cover everything, but they price poor people out of the marketplace.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Rand: Senate Leadership Isn’t Negotiating with My Office on Healthcare Bill, Trump Needs to Tell Them to Negotiate


On Monday’s “CNN Newsroom,” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said that Senate leadership has not negotiated with his office on the Republican healthcare bill and the president will have to tell Senate leadership to negotiate with the bill’s opponents. Rand stated, “So far, the Senate leadership is not negotiating with our office. I’m trying to negotiate with the president, but really the president is going to have to tell leadership they’re going to have to negotiate with some of us who don’t see this bill as being good for the country.” He also said that it’s “very ambitious” to try and pass the bill this week. Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Paul: Insurance Should Be Available for $1 a Day — Current Plan Predicated on ‘Propping Up’ Insurance Companies


Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) made the argument that those who might lose their Medicaid coverage due to any Obamacare repeal should be offered an inexpensive option for coverage. Paul proposed a $1 a day plan and said the existing system and the current proposals were “predicated” on propping up health insurance providers, which he claimed was $15 billion annual industry that benefits from socializing its losses. “What I would like to do is legalize inexpensive insurance and you should be able to get insurance for $1 a day — I mean, you really should,” Paul said. “The insurance companies make all the money. All of this is predicated upon still, you know, propping up the insurance companies. The insurance companies hate the idea of the buying pools where you can join an association and drive prices down. They absolutely hate it because they think it might eat into their profit. They love sort of privatizing their $15 billion-a-year profit but then socializing their losses in the individual market. I have absolutely no sympathy for the insurance companies to be bailed out by the taxpayer. That $15 billion in profit, that’s where the risk should come
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