Healthcare

Rand Paul Has a Great But Very Stupid Idea

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

This might seem strange coming from anyone else.

Rand, son of Ron, has his own thoughts on what health care in America should look like, and if he had his way we'd all be able to purchase health insurance for $1 per day.

"What I'd like to do is legalize inexpensive insurance, and you should be able to get insurance for $1 a day. I mean, you really should," Paul said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "The insurance companies make all the money; all of this is predicated upon still propping up the insurance companies."

Hey, that sounds pretty good. If health insurance were $1 per day, I could actually afford it.

Rand undoubtedly supports legislation that would lower the cost of health care, right?

Paul said Friday that the Senate bill fails to address ObamaCare's subsidies to insurance companies, arguing that it continues a trend of "bailing out" insurers.

"I want the bill to look more like a repeal bill. I promised people I was going to repeal it; I didn't promise people that I was going to replace it with a federal program of bailing out insurance companies," he said.

The insurance company "bail outs" reduce individual premiums by as much as 20 to 30 percent. That's why some insurers are either leaving the market or increasing premiums by 20 percent or more. They're doing so because Trump has threatened to withhold the cost-sharing subsidies and a House Republican lawsuit against the subsidies is actually still pending in court.

Even if you agree with Rand Paul that we need to fully repeal every last word of Obamacare, it's not as if that will deliver $1 per day insurance premiums to us or anything even close to that.

Medicare is the only system we have that's within that ballpark, but Rand, son of Ron, would never support a Medicare-for-all buy-in.

  • mnpollio

    I have always loved the pics you run with any story on Rand Paul because it so clearly illustrates Paul’s approach to everything. Says things that purportedly give you cache with both sides even though they are polar opposite positions to hold and hope no one notices. I never understood the huge number of liberals who thought daddy Ron Paul was worth listening to either (and that includes you Bill Maher and Ben Affleck, etc.). It was like they heard his positions on legalizing weed and staying out of foreign wars and just went deaf on his catastrophic views on everything else (plus both Pauls revealed they were FOS on the foreign wars issue). I keep wondering how Aqua Buddha gets elected, but then I remember he is coming from the same place that keeps gifting us with Yertle the Turtle McConnell – the flesh-eating bacteria that keeps on giving.

  • Does Randal think about anything he says? Does he? It sure doesn’t sound like it. He makes me sick.

  • muselet

    “What I’d like to do is legalize inexpensive insurance, and you should be able to get insurance for $1 a day. I mean, you really should.”

    I wonder if Rand Paul can spell the word “actuary.” It’s clear he doesn’t know what it means.

    –alopecia

  • Arthur Croft

    Rand Paul is one of the biggest idiotic frauds in America.
    Yes…even with a Trump “administration”.
    Let’s face it, no-one other than Trump supporting dumbfucks thinks anyone in that cabinet is actually “smart”.
    Paul, and Paul Ryan for that matter, have a reputation for not being “Rick Perry dumb” or “Ben Carson clueless”. Rand Paul is in the same category as those latter idiots. Ryan is not smart, just a conniving, deplorable individual who has a skill for opportunism.

  • Badgerite

    Dollar-a-Day Rand. Son of Ron. The only kind of insurance you can get for a dollar a day is burial insurance. Jesus. What an fffing loon.

  • Aynwrong

    Health insurance for a buck a day, huh? A more perfect example modern day snake oil I can’t think of. I wonder if Rand occasionally borrows the old man’s sweet, sweet ride.
    http://images2.onionstatic.com/onion/1746/8/16×9/600.jpg

  • fry1laurie

    Charlie Pierce’s five-minute rule on the Paul family still applies, ie. they sound reasonable for five minutes, but then…Yep, they’re FOS.

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  • His solution is clearly to fully repeal the ACA so he can tell people he did so, then bitch about insurance companies in interviews and speeches until……

    That’s it.

    No, really.

  • waspuppet

    Rush Limbaugh calls Bill Clinton, Obama and Hillary Clinton the devils themselves, so Republicans have no choice but to not only go along with it, but call Obamacare the end of America and promise to repeal it.

    Then they get all three branches of government, and once again they have no choice but to write and pass a shitty bill that will kill people.

    It’s all so wonderfully Nurembergian.