Rand Paul: With Ryan’s Obamacare Lite Premiums Will Continue to Rise


Sunday on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” while discussing the Republicans the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act dubbed Obamacare, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) proposal was “Obamacare lite” and that will cause premiums to continue to rise. Paul said, “I think it is basically Obamacare light. It keeps the subsidies, keeps the taxings for a year, then keeps the Cadillac tax forever, the tax on good insurance. It keeps the individual mandate, interestingly, Republicans have complained for years and we didn’t like the government was going to make you pay a meant, well now instead of paying the penalty to the government you pay the meant to the insurance industry. There is also in the insurance industries, the one primary thing that is wrong with Obamacare, this is what everybody, is that premiums are rising and — through the roof, soaring in the individual market. That will happen under the Ryan plan as well because it does nothing to fix the fundamental problem.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Rand: WH Trying to Cajole and Woo Conservatives ‘To Give In’ on Obamacare Replacement

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) stated that ” very conservative that’s come out publicly opposed to” the current Obamacare replacement “has been called by the White House and is being cajoled and wooed by the White House to give in,” because “I think the White House, the administration, and the president understands that there’s enough conservatives that they can’t pass Obamacare lite.” Rand reiterated his prior criticism that the current replacement is “Obamacare lite, keeps subsidies, keeps taxes, actually keeps an individual mandate, and bails out the insurance companies.” Rand then touted his replacement plan as one that eliminates mandates, allows expansions of health savings accounts, and allows individuals to join groups to get cheaper insurance and guaranteed issue through the free market. He further said that his replacement doesn’t deal with Medicaid expansion, and that issue should be addressed in a repeal vote, but that he’s open to a separate vote on Medicaid expansion. Later on, Rand said, “I think the White House, the administration, and the president understands that there’s enough conservatives that they can’t pass Obamacare lite. That’s why, this week, what’s going on behind the scenes is a charm offensive. Every conservative that’s
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Rand: ‘This Is Obamacare Lite — It Will Not Pass’

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Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) weighed in on the House Republican health care bill, calling it “Obamacare lite.” Paul also said conservatives are not going to pass it. “This is Obamacare lite. It will not pass. Conservatives aren’t gonna take it,” Paul said on “Fox & Friends.” He added, “Premiums and prices will continue to spiral out of control.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Ryan: Rand Is Wrong and ‘Looking for a Publicity Stunt’ With Obamacare Replacement Criticisms

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On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” House Speaker Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) stated that the drafting of the Obamacare replacement is “precisely the most transparent, and normal way of doing business, which is the opposite of what the Democrats did when they crammed Obamacare through.” He added that Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) criticism of the bill-writing process and accusations that the plan is “Obamacare light” are untrue and simply Rand “looking for a publicity stunt here.” Ryan was asked [relevant exchange begins around 5:10] when the rollout of the replacement would be, and whether it would be rolled out next week, Ryan answered, “Yeah, I’ll let the committees of jurisdiction make the announcement on that. But our committees that write these bills are working very, very closely with the administration, are fine-tuning the legislation. … When they’re done with their fine-tuning, they’ll make that announcement and then they’ll tell us when they’re ready to go and move on the legislation. So, they’ll make that announcement pretty soon I think.” When asked about critics who say that he’s doing what the Democrats did and jamming legislation through without transparency, Ryan responded, “Are you kidding me, Bret? Give me a
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Rand Paul: ‘There’s a Lot of ObamaCare Lite’ in House Obamacare Replacement Bill

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Friday in an appearance on CNN, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) criticized the House GOP’s effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Paul questioned why House Republicans were keeping the bill “secret” and said that many of the components in Obamacare would remain if this health care bill were passed into law. “When we heard it was secret, we wanted to see it even more because if something is secret, you do worry that people are hiding things,” Paul said. “What we think is being hidden from conservatives is that there’s a lot of Obamacare lite in their bill. There’s a new entitlement program that will increase at about 5 percent a year forever. There is also a Cadillac tax, or something similar to the Cadillac tax that was in ObamaCare. And there’s also an individual mandate, believe it or not. Instead of paying the mandate to the government, they’re going to tell you that you have to pay the mandate by law to an insurance company.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
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Congressional GOP Leadership’s Obamacare Partial Repeal Plan in Trouble–Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee Band Together Against It

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Enough Republicans to crush the effort in the U.S. Senate announced on Monday evening they oppose any effort by congressional GOP leadership to only partially repeal Obamacare, scuttling House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plans to kick the can down the road again.
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Rand Paul: Stop ‘Hysteria of a Special Prosecutor’ on Trump-Russia Probe

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Monday on the “The Mike Gallagher Show,” while discussing the investigations into Russia’s hacking during last year’s presidential election, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said “evidence” of wrongdoing before following through with a call for a special prosecutor. Paul said, “Law enforcement ought to look into whether it happened. I wouldn’t  really want a special investigator if all we’re hearing is gossip in the media and nobody’s presented any proof that there have been connections or that any law has been broken for that matter.” He continued, “I’ve been arguing that we shouldn’t politicize this thing, Republican or Democrat. We don’t need a political discussion of this. We need a law enforcement look and if there is any kind of problem law enforcement should pursue it obviously no matter which party’s involved. But I would say is People are very, very confused on this.” He added, “So I think before people jump to sort of the hysteria of a special prosecutor, why don’t we have somebody present evidence of some sort of wrongdoing before we go forward?” (h/t The Hill) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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