“He’s creating an economic incentive for people to actually drop their insurance.”
Aug 14, 2013
In an appearance on Fox News Tuesday, Senator Rand Paul slammed the president over the delay of a key provision in the Affordable Healthcare Act, accusing him of “illegal and unconstitutional” acts in attempting changing laws without congressional approval.
Paul was asked for his reaction to the news of a delay in implementing yet another provision, this time to cap out-of-pocket health care costs. As reported by the New York Times, the Obama administration is allowing select insurers and employers a one-year grace period to adhere to the limit on consumer costs, which otherwise would have capped the amount at $6,350 a year.
The grace period will allow insurers to set higher limits, or no limit at all on some costs, in 2014, the Times reported, noting also that the administration buried the grace period announcement in regulatory material back in February.
“The president doesn’t get to write legislation, and it’s illegal and unconstitutional for him to try and change legislation by himself,” Paul told the hosts of America’s Newsroom.
“If he says to you, you are a political contributor of mine, and I know Obamacare is going to be hard on you, I’m going to give you an exemption,’ that’s illegal, that’s not equal protection under the law, and that’s what he’s been doing for years now.” Paul asserted.
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Responding to the president’s charge this week that Republicans have made it their “holy grail” to prevent 30 million Americans from having affordable healthcare, Senator Paul stated “We all want people to have more insurance. My fear is that he’s going to make insurance so expensive that the people that currently have insurance will lose it.”
“People that currently have their insurance through their employer may well lose their insurance because their employer may well say ‘I may as well pay a $2000 penalty than provide $12,000 worth of insurance’. He’s creating an economic incentive for people to actually drop their insurance.” Paul added.
In a further appearance on The Daily Show, Paul again passed comment on Obamacare, saying that he believes the law will have the opposite effect of what its advocates suggest.
“I’m afraid that everyone will pay a lot more for insurance, and I think precisely the people it was intended to help it may well hurt, because they may not be able to afford it,” Paul said.
The Senator stopped short at suggestions that the effort to pass Obamacare was a malicious plot.
“I don’t begrudge the Democrats and I don’t say their motives are bad.” Paul said.
“I call it the dinosaur syndrome,” he added. “We have a lot of politicians who have really small brains and really big hearts. And they want to do what’s right, but I don’t think it’s going to work.”
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.