Budget, Congress, Issues, Obamacare, Rand Paul

Rand Paul rallies House GOP to oppose $10 trillion deficit with no guarantee of Obamacare repeal

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Photo: Gage Skidmore (cc by-sa 3.0)

Photo: Gage Skidmore (cc by-sa 3.0)

Senate Republicans passed a budget resolution Wednesday that would repeal parts of Obamacare. However, the resolution would also add $9.7 trillion to the national debt, and for that reason Sen. Rand Paul voted against the measure:

The Kentucky Republican was the only Senate Republican to vote against a budget resolution Wednesday that would pave the way for Obamacare’s repeal, complaining that it would also raise the deficit.

“I’m disappointed that the first action out of a new Republican Congress that has the majority in the Senate, majority in the House and the White House that their first action will be a budget that never balances and adds $9.7 trillion to the deficit,” Paul told CNN Wednesday. “I just can’t vote for a budget that never balances and adds so much new debt.”

In effort to thwart the resolution, Paul met with 25 House Republicans Thursday morning — mostly members of the staunchly conservative Freedom Caucus — to convince them to oppose the measure. But while House Republicans were open to Paul’s concerns, they aren’t sure of their vote just yet:

“The Freedom Caucus has been very strong in its support of a balanced budget, and it’s too early to tell whether that would be a casualty of voting for this budget,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.

“Anytime you look at anything, you’ve got to be concerned about the cost,” Meadows said.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said “we’re waiting for our meeting” to discuss the group’s position.

“We heard some good information from Rand. We had some good dialogue back and forth,” he said.

Paul has made it clear that he wants to repeal and replace Obamacare in full. However, he believes that repealing the law doesn’t have to come at the price of an unbalanced budget.

  • Wildeagleone

    Doesn’t Rand Paul realize he lost his bid for the presidency and is expected to give the PE Trump a chance before he starts his BS all over again?

    • daves

      Do you care about the debt?

      • Wildeagleone

        Stupid question. Trump isn’t the Lotus yet so why don’t you direct your condescending attitude to Obama

        • daves

          Why is it stupid to ask if you care about the debt?

  • RLTMLT

    The GOP holds a majority in both houses of Congress, what’s the hurry ? Many private businesses are not in a position to take on an in house healthcare program, not their fault, they are still struggling from Obama’s economy ! Doctor’s groups are increasingly dropping coverage of Medicare recipients as Congress lowers the compensation rate for various services and Medicare payments to doctors continue to experience longer and longer delays. The GOP may be forced to finally take a look at a Single Payer type healthcare system, but that will never happen as long as we continue to freely dump $600 Billion a year into the private Military Industrial Complex, more than the total spent by seven other major international countries with significant military budgets and most of those countries provide comprehensive healthcare to all of their citizens ! The cost of maintaining and expanding an international military empire is destroying our culture !

  • Spunky

    How about repeal it – drop it and dont replace it – no costs – in fact a savings

    • FreedomFighter

      That makes too much sense.

    • daves

      Repealing it means repealing the taxes that go with it. It is projected to increase the deficit quite a bit.

  • Irvan

    It’s not bad enough we have the dems against us, now the repubs are joining in.. GET RID OF THEM ALL…..with emphasis on ALL.

    • daves

      Which ones are against you? Senator Paul?

      • Irvan

        WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROSES……..AHOLE!!

        • daves

          Geez, I’m not trying to be mean. I’m just curious what you meant.

          • Irvan

            Any intelligent person can understand my meaning.

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