New challenges to constitutionality of health care law
Sen. Paul on Republicans' repeal strategy
- Duration 4:57
- Date Mar 22, 2012
Sen. Paul on Republicans' repeal strategy
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Happy birthday health care tomorrow march 2 years since it was signed the law and critics say it exceeds federal powers.
Laid out by the constitution -- next week they'll get to make their case before the US Supreme Court but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Are now saying that the law meets the fundamental goals of America's founders.
What I founders put forth in our founding documents.
Which is life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
And that is exactly.
What they Affordable Care Act helps to guarantee.
About that she's she's senator Rand Paul with me now to Republican senators also -- -- doctors are good morning to you thank you give him an -- of America's Newsroom.
But Nancy Pelosi says if you want to be a photographer writer and artist and musician you can do so.
Com under the affordable care Iraqi of the liberty to pursue your happiness.
Anything about -- -- somehow forcing people to buy some thing that they may or may not want.
It doesn't seem to -- to be consistent with pursuing happiness have.
This also comes from the same congresswoman who told us we can read the bill after she passed it.
This also comes from the same congresswoman who is incredulous when we children that this violated the commerce clause of the constitution.
And now that decision is actually going to be made in the next.
Few days or at least heard in the next few days have.
I'm not sure congressman policies necessarily up on our constitutional our founding documents you know that's just -- as we move toward that this Supreme Court arguments next week and it will be the headlines every day next week.
-- -- If you do not win at the Supreme Court level what is the Republican strategy to go after this long -- gonna pick it apart piece by piece and declare victory in some areas and not so much and others.
You know I think it's better than 50% chance that we win at the Supreme Court level we have to very much hope for that because it's difficult to repeal.
The only reason the Democrats passed obamacare is because they had sixty votes in the senate.
And that's very unusual no parties had sixty votes in the senate at least Republicans -- and in over a hundred years so repealing the whole thing will be hard.
We'll still fight for complete repeal.
But who knows what will happen whether or not want to settle for partial repeal.
But I really believe fundamentally that you can't say that by my inaction by -- not buying insurance.
That that somehow commerce so I think the supreme court's going to side with common sense.
And I really think this is going to be a major victory.
For those who believe in a government that should be limited by the constitution we were getting very opinion various opinions on that appreciate what you're saying there was see whether or not -- you are right or not.
But -- proposal is to allow every senior citizen in America.
Does have the same health care options as a member of congress like yourself explain what.
Part of that Tea Party platform has always been that when we pass laws -- we create benefits for congressman -- federal workers should be the same for every one.
So are Medicare reform would say -- trillion dollars over ten years but would allow every senior citizen to have exactly the same health care.
Which is a gold plated great health care plan.
It is subsidized but it is more market oriented and it will say the taxpayer money to let senior citizens have.
The congressional health care what you -- -- save us money -- so.
How much I don't mind.
It saves about a trillion dollars over ten years and it does it in a couple of ways.
One would you bring in competition competition works when people have to pay for something they -- prices down.
That's why capitalism keeps offering cheaper and cheaper products.
We do to other things that we gradually let the age of eligibility rise over about thirty years.
And then we also means -- the benefits.
Which means wealthier individuals we'll have to pay the full cost of their Medicare well why wasn't this considered in the first place.
Well we're still working on it and I think the more you know -- about a year ago like sort of two years ago before the law was passed.
Yeah I think that's say they're good point -- was in here that might be hard habit but now but I am here we're gonna make it part of the debate at the Supreme Court strikes -- down obamacare which I think they native.
I'm hoping to have my idea about allowing people to have the congressional health care plan.
I'm hoping that becomes part of the debate about what is your sense now as a doctor two years into the small what is it done -- medicine and America.
I think my biggest fear is that millions of people are gonna lose their private insurance and be dumped on to Medicaid or government insurance.
That will be a tragedy for the patients who lose their private insurance but also tragedy for the country because Medicaid is very expensive.
And it also will be a tragedy in the sense that he walked away and have to have their health care -- over time.
So I am very concerned about the consequences of -- yet another take us up on the house side to the so called death panels that I'd have them.
Ph.D.s will follow that vote in the house side senator thank you for your time Graham -- here with us today.