Over the past
73 74 years, we here at the driftglass blog have had a lot of fun watching the Junior Senator from Kentucky run away from many things including Ayn Rand, history, civil rights, voting rights, science and his own father.
And back in the halcyon days of our youth in 2016, we thought we might have heard the last of the Junior Senator from Kentucky.
But happily we were wrong. The Running Man of Bowling Green is back! And this time he is running away from...math.
Paul's diagnosis of the problems inherent in trying to blow up Obamacare are roughly correct (from CNN):
Writing for the website Rare, Paul explained that Republicans needed to vote for a complete repeal of Obamacare, while simultaneously voting on an adequate replacement. "As we repeal Obamacare, we would be wise to vote on its replacement at the same time," Paul wrote.He added: "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."The popular parts of the law -- such as one that allows individuals with pre-existing conditions to buy insurance after their diagnosis -- only work when the other parts like the individual mandate are maintained, Paul argued."If you repeal this mandate, but leave in place dictates as to whom may purchase insurance, you create a business model doomed to fail," he wrote.
But the course of treatment for these problems as prescribed by Senator Self-Licensed
quack Doctor of Eyes-'N-Stuff is so hilariously doltish -- so clearly the produce of an adolescence mind frozen forever at the moment he was triumphantly jacking to John Galt's speech from Atlas Shrugged for the 100th time -- that I cannot adequately parody it:
So the next time you belly up to the billing desk at your doctor's office, tell 'em you're paying with Freedom!Still, Paul avoided providing much in the way of specifics about a potential replacement system.Instead, he suggested that "perhaps we should try freedom," and sketched out four principles that should guide the formation of a potential replacement -- maintaining freedom of choice, offering health savings accounts, removing state-by-state barriers, and providing "the freedom for all individuals to join together in voluntary associations to gain the leverage of being part of a large insurance pool."
Either that or with the proceeds from your Free Market Libertarian Meth Lab.