Paul ‘Not Sure’ If State Obamacare Exchange Should Be Dismantled (VIDEO)

Senator Rand Paul answer questions during a meet and greet event Friday, May 30, 2014, at the Garrard County Cooperative Extension Office in Lancaster, KY. (AP Photo/The Advocate-Messenger, Clay Jackson)
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) seemed to tie himself into knots trying to explain whether Kentucky’s state-based Obamacare exchange should be dismantled after his fellow Kentucky senator suggested it was “unconnected” to the law.

The question has been a trending topic in Kentucky over the last week or so since Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) puzzlingly argued that Obamacare should be repealed but Kynect, the Kentucky Obamacare exchange, should stay in place.

A reporter asked Paul if he thought Kynect should be dismantled. Paul responded that he was “not sure.”

“You know I’m not sure — there’s going to be … how we unravel or how we change things. I would rather —I always tell people there’s a fork in the road. I was in healthcare for 20 years so we had problems in healthcare so we had problems in healthcare but we could have gone one of two directions,” Paul said. “One was towards more competition and more marketplace and one was toward more government control. The people who think that the government can efficiently distribute medicine need to explain why the VA’s been struggling for decade after decade in a much smaller system. And they also need to explain, even though I think we all want Medicare to work better, why Medicare is $35 trillion short. There’s a lot of questions that are big questions that are beyond the exchange and the Kynect and things like that. It’s whether or not how we’re going to fund these things.”

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  1. Thats the kind of decisive leadership Aqua Buddha would be proud of.

  2. He’s a shit rat. Why anyone would vote for a turd like him is beyond me.

  3. Thank goodness you didn’t call him rat shit.

  4. Avatar for gr gr says:

    Trying to hedge his bets.

  5. OH NOES!
    If this is a sign of what’s to come, we’re in for some very interesting Town Halls* this summer.


    *meetings, q & a forums. Not the extremist hate publication.

    P.S. This doesn’t matter to Paul at all, as he will be a one-termer come '16. And KY will have two women Senators.

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