This Wednesday, Rand Paul told Erin Burnett of CNN that the TEApublicans had offered to compromise with the President on Obamacare, but that the President insisted that he had to have 100%, claiming that the President and the Congressional Democrats are responsible for the shutdown. When Burnett asked him if it would be better for the GOP if they simply allowed the law to take effect and fail as they claim it will, Paul replied that things were not that clear-cut.
In Paul’s state of Kentucky, where he says the people elected him for the specific task of getting rid of Obamacare, it’s the only Southern state which is participating fully in the exchanges and Medicaid expansion. By 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday the exchange had logged 24,000 visits and processed 1,000 applications with another 1,000 coming in by the afternoon. That does not sound like a state where everyone wants to see this law go down in flames.
Beyond the fact that Paul seems to be out of touch with his own constituents, there is the obvious fact that Obamacare is, in fact law. It has been passed by both Houses, signed by the President and even vetted by the Supreme Court, any further argument on it is properly addressed in legislation to alter or repeal it, not in a continuing resolution to keep the government running.
Watch Rand Paul’s appearance on CNN in the video below.