On April 27th I received an email from Rand Paul himself via firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s in the format that he and his father use to solicit funds non stop – it’s a fund raising email disguised as a petition. In this case I was asked to sign a petition to “Repeal Obamacare”. This petition may be found here
The same site has a different page begging for donations to “Help Rand Paul Repeal Obamacare” here
This page even includes a free video from Rand speaking at the GOP convention in August 2012. In his address Rand emphatically asserted that ALL of Obamacare is unconstitutional.
However the narrative of Rand’s opposition to the PPACA, otherwise known as Obamacare, has dramatically changed. Rand is not even regurgitating the RNC talking point on Obamacare, which I think was first uttered by Willard “Mitt” Romney, i.e., Obamacare needs to repealed and replaced. Now Rand is conceding defeat – he does not expect Obamacare to be repealed.
Hot Air reports the Hill’s account of what Rand said at Harvard on Friday April 25:
“I think it’s going to be difficult to turn the clock back. People get assumed and accustomed to receiving things, particularly things that they get for free,” he told a crowd of students at Harvard’s Institute of Politics on Friday…
“I think one of the practical things you might be able to do, and I think the public at large might accept this, is to make ObamaCare voluntary. You make it voluntary, basically you get rid of the coercion,” he said, presumably by eliminating the penalty those without insurance are required to pay, known as the individual mandate.
He said he may keep some parts of the law, like the subsidies to help poor Americans afford insurance, or the Medicaid expansion — two of ObamaCare’s more popular provisions but potentially its more expensive.
“Does that get rid of the subsidies? Not necessarily, or the Medicaid. But I think also we’re going to find out we can’t afford to have everybody on Medicaid, we can’t afford to have everybody on subsidized insurance,” Paul said.
Back in September Fox News reported Rand stating,
“I’m acknowledging we can’t probably defeat or get rid of Obamacare,” he said. “But by starting with our position of not funding it, maybe we get to a position where we make it less bad.”
Some Senate Republicans, including would-be 2016 presidential rivals Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, have said they would vote to refuse to pay for the health care law, even if it meant shutting down portions of the government. Paul has called closing down the government “a dumb idea.”
The very best that can honestly be said about Rand at this point is that he’s just another politician. Rand is not only contradicting himself regarding the repeal of Obamacare – he has the audacity to lie as a fund raising tactic to repeal that which he said in 2013 and last month in April will not be repealed.