Kentucky Senator [score]Rand Paul[/score] ripped “big government Republicans” for lying to voters the past seven years — breaking their unanimous campaign promises to fully repeal the debacle known as Obamacare, which has caused health insurance premiums and deductibles to unnecessarily skyrocket, making tens of millions of Americans health insurance policies utterly unaffordable and worthless.
In an interview on Sunday with host Chris Wallace of FOX News Sunday, Senator Paul, a “No” vote on the current Republican leadership’s Obamacare bill, said that he has always been in favor of replacing Obamacare, but that he wants to actually repeal it and replace it with free market capitalism that works in every other industry, while the big government Republicans just want another big government program to replace it with:
CHRIS WALLACE: So if this bill does not pass, what happens?
SENATOR RAND PAUL: Well, you know, what I’ve suggested to the president, and I talked to the president again, you know, when he was in Paris just this last weekend or I guess on Friday, and I’ve told him, I think we can still — if — you know, if this comes to an impasse, I think of the president comes — jumps into the fray and says, look, guys, you promised to repeal it, let’s just repeal what we can agree to and then we can continue to try to fix, replace or whatever has to happen afterwards.
But the one thing we should do is try to repeal as many of the taxes, as many of the regulations, and as many of the mandates as we possibly can. I still think the entire 52 of us could get together on a more narrow, clean repeal, and I think it still can be done.
WALLACE: Now, this isn’t a change of heart, because back in January you said that you had told the president, and he agreed with you, that you needed to repeal and replace at the same time?
SEN. PAUL: Well, you know, it’s interesting that it’s not. I’m still for replace, it’s just my definition of ‘replace’ is a lot different than some of the big government Republicans. My idea always was to replace it with freedom, legalize choice, legalize inexpensive insurance, allow people to join associations to buy their insurance. I’m still for all of those. And I think those could actually be part of clean repeal. In fact, most of the ideas I’ve had on letting people join groups to buy their insurance, you know, letting the plumber and his wife join a large group like the chamber of commerce, those ideas are actually welcomed by virtually every Republican. That passed in the House of Representatives unanimously.
While Rand Paul didn’t name names, which is unfortunate, it’s pretty clear who he’s talking about. The Republican Party is chocked full of big government-types, RINOs (Republicans In Name Only), like his fellow Kentuckian [score]Mitch McConnell[/score], the so-called Senate Majority Leader, as well as RINO Senators like [score]Susan Collins[/score], [score]Bob Portman[/score], and a slew of others who worship at the altar of progressivism every bit as much as their Democrat brethren.