Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has published an op-ed at Breitbart.com today in which he calls for conservatives to come together to “smash” the Paul Ryan (R-WI) constructed “Obamacare Lite.”
The junior Senator from Kentucky rails against the plan that he exposes as simply a GOP version of the disastrous Obamacare. While Rep. Ryan’s plan does repeal some of the onerous aspects of Obamacare, it does not repeal it all, in fact it actually entrenches certain aspects of the socialist healthcare scheme. Senator Paul also reminds his readers that the GOP has spent years – literally YEARS – telling voters that if elected they would fully REPEAL Obamacare, but now that they have the perfect opportunity they have instead chosen to write another healthcare law that gives government too much say in our healthcare decisions.
Paul then spends several hundreds words laying out why the GOP bill is bad, and why all Americans should support nothing less than a FULL REPEAL of Obamacare.
For four STRAIGHT elections, REPUBLICANS ran on repealing Obamacare, and now “Republican orthodoxy” — I’m told — is keeping insurance subsidies, mandates, taxes, and insurance company bailouts.
That’s not acceptable to me. And it isn’t keeping our promise.
Though I want to believe the glass is half full, I am tempted, very tempted, to smash a glass half full of Obamacare Lite — smash that glass to smithereens!
When did Republicans begin to believe that insurance companies should be put on the dole? That they should be bailed out when any of their customers become sick?
When did Republicans begin to believe that the federal government should force you to pay a penalty to a private insurance company if you can’t afford insurance?
When did Republicans begin to believe that we should levy a special tax penalty on those who choose to buy really good health insurance?
The current Ryan Plan — “Obamacare Lite” — is not about patients. It isn’t about better health care. It isn’t about lowering costs.
It is, plain and simple, about getting more money to the insurance companies and running more of your life from Washington…
So if you hated Obamacare and don’t care much for Ryan’s Obamacare Lite, maybe you ought to consider telling them all to take a hike and give you the option of joining a co-op. Give you the option of buying across state lines. Give you the option of having a YUGE Health Savings Account so you can spend your money how you want. I challenge the media to compare the price of LASIK surgery, contact lenses, and orthodontics in the last twenty years — prices come down when patients make decisions about what they are buying.
While I am a “glass is half full” kind of guy, I also would love to give the middle finger to the man that profits off of government bailouts and forces his or her monopoly Brand of insurance schemes on an often worried and defenseless public.
Just say no to Obamacare, to Obamacare Lite, and to any scheme to enrich the insurance cartel.