The Associated Press has reported that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), speaking to the press Saturday evening in Mackinac Island, Michigan, is one of the first far-right fringe Republicans who has come out and finally admitted that getting rid of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is not feasible.
“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.” (Politico)
Paul suggests that the efforts of himself, Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, and the U.S. House of Representatives — who voted last Friday and passed a bill that keeps the government open but defunds Obamacare — have not been in vain, however. He thinks that the efforts could lead to a compromise that the GOP can live with. He does still support defunding or repealing the president’s signature healthcare law.
“I will continue to lead the fight until we win,” he said. “I will not vote for any CR that funds Obamacare and if there is one penny for Obamacare I will vote no.” (Politico)
I’ll bet Ted Cruz doesn’t appreciate Rand Paul claiming that he’s the leader of “the fight.”
Perhaps nervous about alienating his whack base, Paul later recanted in a phone interview with Briebart News and declared that the press took his comments out of context.
“I’ve been saying the same thing I’ve been saying all along,” Paul said. “I didn’t say anything different today than I haven’t already been saying. It’s kind of interesting that people create it to be news but I’ve said all along and continue to say that I won’t vote to fund Obamacare. I don’t think we should fund Obamacare.” (Briebart News)
Though Rand Paul hopes for a compromise, he added this curious quote in his AP statement.
“In the end the sausage factory in Washington will make the sausage.” (Politicalticker)