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article imageSenator Paul knocks Obamacare, Gov Christie in latest comments

By Michael Krebs     Nov 16, 2013 in Politics
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) continued to pursue a fiscally conservative position this week, calling national attention to the costs associated with Obamacare and questioning Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) over Hurricane Sandy relief.
The way Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) sees it, the U.S. government needs to be more disciplined when it comes to spending on a wide spectrum of investments — including disaster relief efforts — and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act may very well demonstrate the kind of convoluted executions that underscore the senator's point.
Speaking on the Senate floor on Thursday, Senator Paul criticized the Obamacare roll-out, citing the cost increases many participants would experience in the federal healthcare plan.
"This isn't really just about healthcare," Paul said. "This is about freedom of choice. This is about whether or not you can choose what type of insurance you want. The question is: what's next — what choices will be taken from us?"
Paul's comments were made just hours before the House voted — with bipartisan agreement — to reinstate the insurance plans of those individuals that President Obama had promised would not lose their insurance, as the Christian Science Monitor reported.
The complications with the Obamacare website and the scores of deductible increases and broken promises on costs have led to a serious credibility issue for the Obama administration, as Slate's John Dickerson noted on Friday.
Senator Paul also focused his attention on New Jersey's popular governor and likely 2016 presidential contender, Chris Christie. In comments made to Fox News, Paul said that $60 million in Hurricane Sandy relief money released to New Jersey had yet to be spent, as the Star-Ledger reported.
"I suggested that Sandy funding be given one year at a time and I actually voted to give Sandy funding but to offset it with spending cuts so I think there are ways you can help people and we've had need for help in Kentucky before but I've always advocated if you spend some extra money that you offset it with cuts somewhere else," Paul said. "I actually have a bill that would say to all government employees 'I will give you a bonus if you find savings throughout government.'"
Paul is also considered to be fielding a run for the White House in 2016. Governor Christie did not respond to Paul's latest comments, and a recent poll reflects a hypothetical close race between Christie and Hillary Clinton in 2016, according to CBS News.
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