— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 15, 2017
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul tweeted Saturday night a photo of a bill titled the Obamacare Replacement Act and said he would release details on it Sunday.
Will be watching for news of this today. The article said he would be talking about it on CNN this morning. I don’t think I can force myself to watch CNN, but hopefully the news will come out through other outlets as well.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has said Republicans will work on a strategy to replace President Obama’s signature law at a joint House-Senate GOP retreat the week after President-elect Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration.
This was him talking about it on January 10th:
We need to watch this carefully to make sure they don’t slip something past us. Here is an article from last year that makes me wonder about Senator Paul’s intentions:
How Five Republicans Let Congress Keep Its Fraudulent Obamacare Subsidies
The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support for subpoenaing Congress’s fraudulent application to the District of Columbia’s health exchange — the document that facilitated Congress’s “exemption” from Obamacare by allowing lawmakers and staffers to keep their employer subsidies. The application said Congress employed just 45 people. Names were faked; one employee was listed as “First Last,” another simply as “Congress.” To Small Business Committee chairman David Vitter, who has fought for years against the Obamacare exemption, it was clear that someone in Congress had falsified the document in order to make lawmakers and their staff eligible for taxpayer subsidies provided under the exchange for small-business employees.
With nine Democrats on the committee lined up against the proposal, the chairman needed the support of all ten Republicans to issue the subpoena. But, though it seems an issue tailor-made for the tea-party star and Republican presidential candidate, Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) refused to lend his support. And when the Louisiana senator set a public vote for April 23, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his allies got involved. “For whatever reason, leadership decided they wanted that vote to be 5–5, all Republicans, to give Senator Paul cover,” one high-ranking committee staffer tells National Review. “So they worked at a member level to change the votes of otherwise supportive senators.” Four Republicans — senators Mike Enzi, James Risch, Kelly Ayotte, and Deb Fischer — had promised to support Vitter, but that would soon change.
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I like his take on health savings accounts. Hope it ends up in whatever they pass.
New article with a partial video of his interview this morning:
Rand Paul: ObamaCare replacement goal is to insure most amount of people at lowest cost
It seems that CNN is leading with Rand Paul’s comments about John Lewis and trying to make his Obamacare replacement bill low level news.
I’ve been thinking this is what these assholes are doing. They are trying to keep us focused on the ridiculous drama rather than the important things that Trump and Congress will be doing.
Obamacare repeal and replacement would have been huge news any other time. Now they want to downplay it and try to spin any news they can in a negative light for Trump.
This article is definitely worth a read. We have not even begun to see how bad Obamacare really is. Most media outlets are running with the line that the repeal of Obamacare would mean a tax cut for the wealthiest individuals while downplaying the effect on the middle class. However, this article goes through the tax impacts on middle class Americans.
Repealing Obamacare is A Giant Middle Class Tax Cut
Congressional Republicans have vowed that one of their first acts next year will be to send legislation repealing Obamacare to the desk of President-elect Donald Trump.
Doing so will not only repeal a failed law that has resulted in skyrocketing premiums, cancelled healthcare plans, and billions in new, wasteful spending, it will also provide a giant tax cut to middle class Americans.
Obamacare imposed roughly one trillion in higher taxes over ten years, including many that directly hit middle class families. Repealing these taxes will provide much needed relief to the paychecks of families across the country.
Repealing Obamacare will also undo Barack Obama’s broken promise not to sign “any form of tax increase” on any American making less than $250,000.
Here’s a video finally on youtube of him talking about it this morning. Not sure if this is a complete record of his interview. He does not say anything about getting rid of the unconstitutional mandate by the government for us to buy insurance. That better be included in any kind of replacement bill:
Sending this law to the knacker’s yard means tax breaks for everyone.
Now that the last significant obstacle to Obamacare repeal is finally packing his bags and preparing to vacate the White House, the defenders of the law are desperately casting about for some talking point that will convince the public that the risibly titled “Affordable Care Act” should be left in place. Having failed to get anywhere with doomsday studies claiming that repeal will render tens of millions uninsured, they have reverted to an old lefty refrain. The Republicans, they tell us, are in a rush to get rid of Obamacare because they want to give tax cuts to the rich.
Dozens of diatribes denouncing this low plot have appeared in the legacy media during the past week, including a jeremiad in the Los Angeles Times titled, “The real reason the GOP is gung-ho on repealing Obamacare: It would give the rich a huge tax cut.” The research cited in all of these screeds was conducted by the Tax Policy Center (TPC), a joint venture of two left-leaning think tanks: the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution. But anyone masochistic enough to actually read the study will discover that its findings have been brazenly misrepresented.
In fact, as Howard Gleckman reluctantly admits at the TPC blog, “Overall, dumping all the ACA taxes would cut taxes by an average of $180 per household in 2017 — a 0.3 increase in after-tax incomes.” So, how have the social justice warriors in the media concluded that Obamacare repeal is a tax cut for the rich? The answer lies in the way they have chosen to define the word “rich.” All of this journalistic dudgeon is about the repeal of one tax on investment income aimed at Americans with annual incomes exceeding $200,000 (individuals) and $250,000 (couples).
Full interview from this morning. Notice how Tapper had to lead it off with questions about John Lewis: