Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

It's Like We Believe in Santa Claus

Senator Rand_PaulHOPKINSVILLE, KY (7/6/12) – United States Senator Rand Paul took time to comment on the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare during a visit to the Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club on Thursday.

Senator Paul said while the Supreme Court may have ruled the legislation constitutional, it could be revisited by the court in the future.  He says the question is not just is it constitutional but is it advisable since the U.S. is now running a trillion dollar annual deficit.  “I have trouble wrapping my mind around how we’re a trillion dollars short in the budget, Medicare is 35 to 40 trillion dollars short, Social Security is six trillion dollars short and now we’re going to insure everybody and it’s going to reduce the deficit?” said Senator Paul.   He continued, “It’s like we believe in Santa Claus.  It’s like we think you can have everything and that there is no real cost to anything…. Canada insures everybody, so does England.  They pay much higher taxes, it has an expense and people do wait in line.”  Senator Paul added, “It’s a problem when you let somebody else make these decisions for you.  Is it bad that things are expensive and not perfect, yes, but it’s even worse if you give those decisions to government to decide what you can have.”

In addressing the Supreme Court’s decision, Senator Paul referred to the opinion of Justice Antonin Scalia, “Scalia, when he writes in his dissent saying that it is unconstitutional; he says that we have never held that something is both a penalty and a tax.”  He then spoke about what this court decision means for the future, “Where’s the limit to what the taxing authority can do in telling you what kind of behavior you have to have.”  He believes it’s about how big government can get.  He says if there’s no limit to what government can do then there’s no limit to what it will cost.   He says, “We’ll eventually run out of other people’s money.”

Senator Paul then shifted his comments to address what he sees as the unintended consequences of Obamacare.  He fears that many may lose their private insurance as employers opt to pay the tax in lieu of paying to provide insurance.  He says when this happens, people will be “dumped” into Medicaid.  “When everybody has free care, everybody wants to go all the time; you over-utilize things that are free, you drive the prices up, then they have these boards that will restrict your access or ration your care, lower the fees to doctors and eventually everybody’s going to wait in line, says Senator Paul.  He continued, “The very wealthy will have insurance like they have in England and the rest of us will all have government insurance and at any one point in time in England a million people are waiting for surgery.”

Senator Paul concluded his remarks by saying that the amount of debt the U.S. has is unsustainable.  He advocates “means testing” for social security benefits along with gradually raising the age to receive benefits.  He says this could start with younger workers who aren’t currently receiving social security.  He recognized that “we have to do something or everybody gets hurt.”

Following his formal remarks, Senator Paul took questions from those in attendance at the War Memorial Building.  He answered questions for about 25 minutes on topics such as the partisanship in Washington, the legalization of industrial hemp, lowering the corporate income tax, federal regulations and issues of morality in our country.

David Bryant
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Faces & Stories: The People of Land Between the Lakes

In Other News...

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Oct. 20, 2014

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (10/20/14) — The Madisonville Police Department released the following reports Monday, Oct. 20. April… Read More

Man Charged for Assaulting Pregnant Wife

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (10/20/14) — Madisonville Police responded to a domestic disturbance at the Pennyrile Park Apartments… Read More

Most Read This Week

October 17, 2014 11434

UK Women's Soccer Welcomes Ole Miss, No. 5/4…

in General Sports For All Sites by UK Athletics
October 14, 2014 3693

Man Tries to Beat Train, Two Life-Lined to…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office
October 15, 2014 3495

Family Business, Graphics Pros to Open Friday

in Top News For All Sites by Shawn Freels
October 15, 2014 3353

Chamber Meeting and More Announced

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Dorothy Walker
October 14, 2014 3349

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Oct. 14, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
October 17, 2014 3241

Single Vehicle Collision Results in One Injury

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper S. C. Recke
October 15, 2014 3142

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Oct. 15, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
October 14, 2014 3074

Hopkins County Traffic Advisory

in Hopkins News by Keith Todd
October 20, 2014 3061

Uncle Lee's in Greenville is Closing Its Doors…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by www.unclelees.com
October 19, 2014 2969

Kentucky Energy Department Releases Virtual Solar…

in General News For All Sites by Dick Brown

Stories Trending Today

October 20, 2014 3061

Uncle Lee's in Greenville is Closing Its Doors…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by www.unclelees.com
October 19, 2014 2969

Kentucky Energy Department Releases Virtual Solar…

in General News For All Sites by Dick Brown
October 20, 2014 1949

Man Charged for Assaulting Pregnant Wife

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 19, 2014 1587

Right-to-Work: The Right Message for Kentucky’s…

in General News For All Sites by Jim Waters
October 19, 2014 1356

Avoid Halloween Makeup Allergies and Other…

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
October 20, 2014 1298

Man Arrested for Shoplifting, Assaulting Police…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 19, 2014 1255

Key to Cooking with Pumpkins

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
October 19, 2014 1165

The Legend of Jack-o'-Lanterns

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
October 20, 2014 982

KU and LG&E to Fund Qualified Tree-Planting…

in General News For All Sites by Cliff Feltham
October 19, 2014 960

Outdoor Truths - Oct. 19, 2014

in General News For All Sites by Gary Miller

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss