2018 MIDTERM ELECTION

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Rand Paul: Slightly more honest than McConnell, but still trying to have it both ways

Rand Paul has a habit of being just as much of a weasel as his senior counterpart Mitch McConnell on most issues, but occasionally being "refreshingly" honest. Case in point:

FRANKFORT — Saying he favors a full repeal of "Obamacare" but citing a "technical question," U.S. Sen. Rand Paul on Friday gave cover to U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a week after McConnell said Kynect and the federal law are not connected.

..."There's a lot of questions that are big questions that are beyond just the exchange and the Kynect and things like that," Paul said.

"It's ... how we're going to fund these things."

...When asked a second time if he would want to dismantle Kynect, Paul said: "I would repeal all of Obamacare."

So, Atlas Shrugged Jr. is still trying to have it both ways, but while McConnell spent weeks completely avoiding the fact that keeping the ACA's Medicaid expansion alone would cost Kentucky residents over $500 million per year (plus another $150 million or so annually if they kept the QHP subsidies intact), Paul is at least admitting that healthcare coverage for over 413,000 people does, you know, cost money and such.

In addition, Paul touches on Alan Grayson's famous summary of the Republican healthcare plan: "Don't get sick...but if you do get sick, die quickly."

..."I think the real question that we have in Kentucky is people seem to be very much complimenting our exchange because of the functionality of it, but there are still the unknown questions or what's going to happen with so many new people," Paul said. "I mean it's basically about a 50 percent increase in Medicaid in one year. That's a dramatic shot to a system. And my question is what will happen to local hospitals."

Why yes, that's absolutely correct, Rand. When you have a bunch of people who haven't been able to afford to go to the doctor for years or decades, and then suddenly give them the ability to go to the doctor for diagnosis/treatment of their medical problems without bankrupting them, they might actually--WAIT FOR IT--go to the doctor for dianosis/treatment of their medical problems.

Not exactly a shocking revelation, I know, but that's a big part of the GOP's opposition to the law...perish the thought that poor sick people actually get treated! Why, we might actually have to start training more doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to take care of them! How horrible!