Rand Paul: Ryan Plan Doesn’t Fix Health Care Problems, Would Be As Bad As Obamacare
SEN. RAND PAUL: The problem is, see, we as conservatives ran on repeal of Obamacare. I was elected in 2010, right after it came into place, to repeal it. We never ran on a replacement of Obamacare Lite. We never ran on making the entitlement subsidies permanent. We never ran on an individual mandate or keeping the taxes or keeping the Medicaid expansion. We didn’t run on that, and so they’re really flat-out false in telling us, oh, you guys ran on this plan. None of us ran on this plan. We ran on repealing Obamacare because it doesn’t work.
They’re going to repeal part of it and leave in place all of the stuff that causes your insurance rates to go through the roof. So we have a plan, a replacement plan that we’d like to talk about at the same time, that instead of subsidizing people’s health care, actually forces prices down, forces the insurance companies to come to the table.
Under my plan, 37 million people who belong to AARP would be able to negotiate and buy a group policy of insurance. And that would drive prices down, particularly for people leading right up to retirement but on into the retirement years. It’s the only thing that would work to bring prices down. And we’re not talking about at all. That’s a huge mistake by the Republican Party.
Now we’re in a bidding war with Democrats over, well, we’re going to offer half as much federal subsidies as the Democrats. We’re never going to win that bidding war. It’s a huge mistake. It’s a public relations nightmare. They should scrap it all. Start over. And let’s have a real meaningful debate about how to fix it.