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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

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