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Rand Paul: Don’t repeal Obamacare without replacing it

Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (cc by-sa 2.0)

Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (cc by-sa 2.0)

Sen. Rand Paul believes Congress’s first course of action should be to repeal Obamacare. However, as he writes in an op-ed for Rare, Congress must simultaneously vote in a replacement for Obamacare — or the consequences will be dire:

What should we replace Obamacare with? Perhaps we should try freedom:

1.  The freedom to choose inexpensive insurance free of government dictates.

2.  The freedom to save unlimited amounts in a health savings account.

3. The freedom to buy insurance across state lines.

4.  The freedom for all individuals to join together in voluntary associations to gain the leverage of being part of a large insurance pool.

If Congress fails to vote on a replacement at the same time as repeal, the repealers risk assuming the blame for the continued unraveling of Obamacare. For mark my words, Obamacare will continue to unravel and wreak havoc for years to come.

Furthermore, Paul stresses that while “pragmatic opponents” of Obamacare “want to keep the feel good aspects” of the law intact, Congress must repeal Obamacare in full:

My fear is that if you leave part of Obamacare in place (the dictate that insurance companies must sell insurance to individuals with pre-existing conditions) then you will see an acceleration of adverse selection and ultimately mass bankruptcy of the healthcare insurance industry.

Don’t misunderstand me. We should repeal Obamacare, but partial repeal will only accelerate the current chaos and may eventually lead to calls for a taxpayer bailout of insurance companies.

Taxpayers have already paid enough for this mess. It’s time to repeal and replace.


    Healthcare savings accounts continue to be a load of crap, the citizens of this country are tired of government sponsored savings accounts where citizens loose control of their own money ! Screw the Wall Street Investment Banks and raise the damn savings interest rate to a reasonable level that will incentivize people to keep their money in a private interest baring savings account where they can decide how to best spend it.

  • Robert

    Straight abolition of government-run and government-controlled health care (aimed at controlling people like slaves, NOT making health care more abundant and accessible) and getting the government the hell out of all other aspects of health care automatically replaces the current failing government-controlled system with a free market. Go with straight abolition first – every word, every bureaucracy spawned by that piece of… legislation, and every bureaucratic regulation spawned by those bureaucracies. THEN consider what, if anything, from the current system, may be worthy of passing on its own merits, if a law is even needed. Chances are that laws are not needed for good ideas.

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