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March 28, 2013

Paul mum on presidential candidacy


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“Medicaid is a credit card that has no limits,” said Paul. “... The marketplace got divorced from the consumer. Usually with private insurance, people didn’t pay deductibles and didn’t have a cost, so why would you even look at your bill? And so bills ratcheted up and hospitals did it to pay for the people who weren’t paying. Aspirin costs $10 because one out of five people weren’t paying any bill and you had to pay for their medicine as well. Medicaid is something that, because it’s unlimited, will lead to overuse. This is the same of all government health care.
“I think there will be another fight over Obamacare, but it’s going to be after that two-year period (where) the federal government (will) pay for it,” said Paul. “They’re talking about in Kentucky going from 700,000 people on Medicaid to adding 400,000 more people on Medicaid. I think when you do that, you’re starting to include people who aren’t poor. ... I’m not saying health care is cheap, but if you had more of a marketplace, health care would come down.”
• In regard to local Dairy Queen businessman Dan Cheshire’s question about the affect of government mandated health care on his type of business:
“I hear from a lot of people who have restaurants and are in the service industry, and they’re very worried about what’s going to happen with Obamacare and the cost,” said Paul. “Unfortunately, the majority in the Senate and the president, they’re not going to budge on any of this. 
“There are unintended consequences and future chaos that’s coming from this law” added Paul. “When they’ve virtually driven you out of business, or when every restaurant owner in the country is up in arms and saying, ‘We’re being hounded to death, we’re struggling to make a profit,’ then maybe little bits of it could be repealed, but we’re not there yet. They’re going to wait and see how bad you suffer and see how much the economy is dislocated by this.
“They’re well-intended,” he added of Obamacare’s proponents. “I don’t think they said, ‘Oh, I’m going to try to make Diary Queen in Pulaski County go out of business.’ But they think here” — Paul pointed to his heart — “and they don’t use the brain.”

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