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article imageSenator Paul: It's a 'silly argument' to say a law cannot change

By Michael Krebs     Oct 6, 2013 in Politics
Appearing on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) defended the Republican position, telling viewers that President Obama and his Democratic allies have refused to compromise on Obamacare.

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With the nation entering its sixth day of the federal government shutdown, and with no meaningful compromise in sight between Republican congressional legislators and their Democratic colleagues, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) appeared on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday to express his positions on the matter.
Republican lawmakers have been seen by the White House and the congressional Democrats as unwilling to compromise on their desire to change or defund elements of the Affordable Care Act. However, Senator Paul, considered by many Republican strategists to be a potential 2016 presidential contender, offered an alternative narrative.
"We've been putting out clean CRs, or continuing resolutions, all week," Paul said. "We've been trying to fund government. We've been trying to reopen government, and at every point Harry Reid says no, he does not want to open government."
The Republican posture on Obamacare, and on the prospects of defunding or revising Obamacare, have been long known.
"In short, we agree with Gov. Beshear that Kentucky needs health reform," Paul co-wrote with Senator Mitch McConnell in an Op-Ed published in the Kentucky Enquirer this week and reposted on Senator Paul's website. "But we strongly disagree that Obamacare is the answer. As so often happens when our friends on the left set out to fix a problem, their ideas, however well-intentioned, end up hurting the very people they sought to help. That's just what we're seeing with Obamacare."
But the issue of the government shutdown, as Paul sees it, is one that is grounded in a lack of compromise from President Obama.
"Well, I think when you look at legislation, when you say the president wants 100 percent of Obamacare, that's exactly what's happened," Paul said on Meet The Press. "If he doesn't get 100 percent of his way, his way or the highway, then they won't do any spending bills that don't include everything that he wants. That's him unwilling to negotiate; that's him being unwilling to compromise."
And when pressed as to why Republican legislators believe they can or should help craft a different version of the Obamacare law from the one that was passed, Paul explained that laws are changed and amended all the time.
"The power of the purse resides with congress," Paul said. "And they are funding programs every year, so it's not their obligation once something is law to never change it. For example, in 1983 we changed Social Security. It had been around 50 years, and the age of eligibility was 65. We changed it to 67 because Social Security was going bankrupt. We face some of those same problems again, and it isn't that it's set in stone that we'll never revisit Medicaire or Social Security or Obamacare, for that matter. So, I think it's a silly argument for Democrats to say, 'Oh, the law has been passed. We can never change it.'"
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