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article imageSenator Rand Paul on Obamacare: Government is 'inherently inept'

By Michael Krebs     Nov 4, 2013 in Politics
In an interview on ABC's "This Week," Senator Rand Paul was asked to comment on a range of issues - from Edward Snowden's clemency denial to his 2016 presidential aspirations.
In the wake of National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden's failure to receive clemency from the White House and from many congressional legislators, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) appeared on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday to discuss the NSA and other matters that have helped propel the senator to the national stage.
"You know, I don't know the facts enough to know," Paul said, in response to whether or not the federal government should offer clemency to Snowden. "Because I don't know if any information has been distributed to foreign powers and that would be a great deal of concern. I do know that I'm also concerned though that the national defense director lied to congress, and I haven't heard anybody talking about repercussions for him."
Earlier last week, the NSA's leadership faced sharp scrutiny from the House, as The Guardian reported.
"The only way I think we can start fresh is to have somebody new in charge of your intelligence," Paul added.
Senator Paul, considered a potential GOP 2016 presidential contender, draws stark contrasts not only with the Obama administration but with some in the Republican Party. His views on Snowden and on privacy and his Libertarian leanings, possibly serving as an echo of his father, have helped shape his national persona.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), also a likely Republican 2016 presidential candidate, has already begun to position Paul as a Libertarian-oriented dismissal. But Paul sees any correlations between himself and his father as benefits, as he perceives the youth vote as one that shares his concerns.
When asked about the Affordable Care Act and the 26,000 sign-ups for the government healthcare exchange in Kentucky, Paul explained that 90 percent of them were Medicare enrollments and that many of Kentucky's teetering hospitals could face bankruptcy with an onslaught of new Medicare patients.
"I think government is inherently inept because they don't work on a profit motive," Paul said. "The government has to do certain things. There's a certain safety net. There's national defense; there are roads; there's a judiciary; there's congress - and I'm plus-minus on whether or not we should fund congress. But I would say there are fundamental things government can do - but government shouldn't take on new opportunities or new things to do when it's not managing what it has now."
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