Rand Paul on Health Care

Last Updated : Jul 16, 2010

Summary

Dr. Rand Paul opposes the 2009 health care reform bill. He believes that the large involvement of government in setting prices for procedures prevents the free market from driving down the costs of procedures. He opposes universal health care, and supports long term insurance plans that don't adjust yearly. He has proposed making all medical expenses tax deductible, eliminating federal regulations that discourage small businesses from providing coverage, giving doctors the freedom to collectively negotiate with insurance companies and drive down the cost of medical care, making every American eligible for a Health Savings Account (HSA), and removing the requirement that individuals must obtain a high-deductible insurance policy before opening an HSA.

Dr. Paul breaks the argument into two problems - that of access and that of expense. He rejects the notion that there are large number of people unable to access health care and suggests that the large involvement of government in medicine destroys price competition and prevents the cost of medicine from being lowered.

 

Universal health care

In a web video, Dr. Paul describes his views on universal health care.

 

Too much government in health care

In September of 2009, Dr. Paul spoke on Washington Journal on CSPAN and stated that there was already too much government in health care. He also noted that there was no price mobility.

When appearing on CNN with Wolf Blitzer, Rand Paul again stated that he opposed President Obama's plan. He stated that there should be less government in health care and that government setting the price of procedures is a large cause of increasing prices.

 

The 46 million uninsured

In a November 2009 speech, Dr Rand Paul debunks the concept that there are large numbers of people unable to access health care.

 

Courier-journal

In 2010, the Courier-journal asked the 2010 Senate candidates a number of questions. When asked about the 2009 health care reform legislation, Ron Paul said the following:

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

Voting Record

Repeal of Health Care Reform

In February of 2011, the Senate voted on repealing the 2009-2010 health care reform legislation. The attempt failed on a party line vote . Rand Paul voted in favor of repealing the health care reform legislation.

Rand Paul voted in favor of repealing the health care reform legislation.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-S 192; Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act - Cosponsor

Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, effective as of its enactment. Restores provisions of law amended by such Act. Repeals the health care provisions of the Health Care and Education and Reconciliation Act of 2010, effective as of the Act's enactment. Restores provisions of law amended by the Act's health care provisions.

User Comments