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By Kody Fairfield

the Republican Senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, has tweeted out that he is currently being blocked by armed guards from viewing new, and the secretly kept Obamacare bill.

It was hours earlier that Paul tweeted that he heard that the Obamacare bill, being touted as Obamacare-lite by critics, is ” under lock & key, in a secure location, & not available for me or the public to view.”

The liberty minded Senator did not take kindly to this information and made his intention to share the bill with the public clear in another tweet.

Upon his arrival at a House hideaway in the Capitol, Paul claimed he was told he could not remove the bill and make it public. The Senator then held an impromptu press conference for media complaining about House Republicans’ lack of transparency, reports Politico.

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Reports also came in that Paul brought a copy machine with him, presumably to make copies of the bill to share with anyone who’d listen.

Politico reports that Paul had an exchange with a staffer as he tried to make off with the draft bill, which could be voted on later this month.

“I said I liked to get a copy and they said no go. She wouldn’t tell us anything really,” Paul said in an interview afterward. “Even if I were allowed to look at it, which it didn’t look like I was, how is that democracy?”

Republican aides said they believed the room on the first floor of the Capitol is being used for Energy and Commerce members to read the bill. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), a committee member, said he was also not able to read the bill and was told it was not available, explains Politico.

“It’s literally illegal in my state to do that,” Paul said in the interview. “You can understand for national security why we do it. But for goodness sakes for a healthcare bill? It’s crazy.”

The battle for transparency is likely a case that will leave those who want honest repeal of Obamacare completed, either an entire replacement of the legislation or a complete scrapping of it, not a watered down Obamacare-lite version which would keep key provisions of the old bill.

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Kody Fairfield
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Kody Fairfield, 26, hails from Orange County, California. He attended the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse pursuing his degree in Political Science and Public Administration. Kody found his passion in politics early, connecting first to our third President, Thomas Jefferson, but expanding into activism with his introduction to the Paul (Ron and Rand) family. In 2016, Kody was a delegate for the Libertarian National Convention, and helped to support Austin Petersen in his bid for the nomination. As a staunch believer in free markets, individual rights, and limited government, Kody began writing for Liberty Viral and The Libertarian Republic in 2016. In January of 2017, Kody was named the Editor-in-Chief of TLR and currently holds the Ambassador At-Large Chair for the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Ca. He believes that with the right messaging, the ideas of liberty will continue to grow. When Kody isn't politicking, he is busy managing a CrossFit gym, or spending time with family, friends and his dog.

  • displacedjim

    Hold their feet to the fire, Rand. You’re the de facto leader of the handful of Constitutionalists (i.e., real Americans) serving in Congress. The rest aren’t even worth some warm spit.

  • “Republican aides said they believed the room on the first floor of the Capitol is being used for Energy and Commerce members to read the bill. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), a committee member, said he was also not able to read the bill and was told it was not available, explains Politico.”
    1 – Why is the Energy and Commerce Committee handling a Healthcare bill?
    2 – Why is ANY subcommittee reviewing a bill on healthcare – which affects ALL Americans?
    3 – How in bloody hell can any Senator be denied access to viewing a Bill?
    4 – Healthcare legislation is NOT under the purview of the Constitution, much less the purview of Congress, therefore ANY & ALL Bills regarding same ARE not subject to any permutation of any misguided definition of “National Security”.
    5 – The existing legislation on healthcare – the ACA, also known as Obamacare – must be repealed in its entirety.
    6 – Articles V, IV, and Amendments 9 and 10 delegate such authority to the People and the States with regard to public health and healthcare as the People and the States desire.
    7 – If the People of any State desire any form of ‘Affordable Health Care’ within the confines of their respective State, that is not already available, it is up to them to petition their respective States Legislators to create same.
    Mr. Paul, thank you for remaining steadfast in your attempts at transparency.

    • Dave

      1) Because healthcare/insurance falls into the general category of “commerce.”
      2) Because subcommittees are for subsets of larger topics, not subsets of the population.
      3) Perhaps the bill hasn’t been introduced yet; it was noted as a draft, in which case it’s not really a bill.

      Otherwise, I agree (though I wonder where you get a Fifth Amendment claim regarding lack of federal authority over healthcare; Ninth and Tenth make sense, but Fifth?).

      • Robert Miller

        Since Obamacare imposes a “penalty” with the intent of distributing to others, the Fifth Amendment is meant preserve our property from being taken without just compensation. Our talents and the monies generated by them, should rightly be viewed as private property and there wouldn’t be just compensation for the seizure of said property.

        • jc

          Rob,

          You are correct, if the courts in America actually operated under common law. Unfortunately for us, the courts operate under Admiralty law. Google Admiralty Law flag and read it. NExt time you are in court or see a picture of court room, the flag will have gold tassels.

    • Chuck

      You have been blinded by ideology. Small government and low taxes are fine to strive for, but not when achieving them involves ignoring reality.

    • Bheema Da Cashman

      The Hell do any of the amendments besides ten have to do with delegation of powers?
      Health care falls under general Welfare of the state. You can’t have a functioning society without functioning bodies.

      • Peyton Wood

        You are a blathering liberal idiot. Healthcare doesn’t even come close to the GenerL Welfare clause. You need to do some intellectual reading for comprehension and study what that clause is all about.

        Some people are born stupid, others listen to liberals. Which are you?

      • Wareagle82

        Health care falls under general Welfare of the state.
        No, it doesn’t which is no one tried to make it the govt’s role until things like Medicare/Medicaid and the VA came around for specific populations. “General welfare” has nothing to do with a welfare state.

      • MichiganFreedom

        The government comes from functioning bodies, it doesn’t create them. There is no causative correlation between government involvement in medical care and a physically healthy society. In other words, people can be healthy without government interference.

      • Robert Miller

        “It is to be recollected that the terms “common defence and general welfare,” as here used, are not novel terms, first introduced into this Constitution. They are terms familiar in their construction, and well
        known to the people of America. They are repeatedly found in the old
        Articles of Confederation, where, although they are susceptible of as
        great a latitude as can be given them by the context here, it was never
        supposed or pretended that they conveyed any such power as is now
        assigned to them. On the contrary, it was always considered clear and
        certain that the old Congress was limited to the enumerated powers, and
        that the enumeration limited and explained the general terms.” – James Madison, Cod Fishery Bill, House of Representatives, February 3, 1792

        The general welfare clause was never meant to be a catch-all to extend the powers of government. If it were, it would be as Madison states in another correspondent, “the Government is no longer a limited one possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one subject to particular exceptions” and it would represent “a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character, which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its Creators.”

  • rogerfgay

    This article makes less sense than Nancy Pelosi. I can’t fathom that there is any such thing as a GOP “ObamaCare bill”. No credible source has reported that any GOP “repeal and replace ObamaCare” bill currently exists. Just two nights ago, President Trump address Congress with an outline appealing for the hard work (and requesting bipartisanship) in getting that job done.

    • Person

      We’ve stumbled, somehow, to the Onion.

    • matthewcoons

      I’m pretty sure it’s satire

      • matthewcoons

        Nope I was wrong it’s real

  • Chuck

    The only thing worse than a swamp is an armed guard hiding policy from the public.

  • tommycustom1

    perhaps the bill is not yet complete

    • MichiganFreedom

      If the bill is not complete, then public oversight and input should be the order of the day. Like “We’re thinking of this. What do you think of that”.

      • Vader Hater

        That’s why they have committees.

  • James Robey

    Why should the Republicans share it when the Democraps said they had to pass the bill so we could red it.. Not everything the Government does should be up for Citizen Review that is why there is such terms as Secret or Top Secret…

    • Tactician Magician

      I completely disagree. “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” If we do not get to see this bill before it becomes law, why should the government have any right to create it in the first place? I don’t care what side of the political spectrum you fall on, it’s foolish to trust our country’s future to a group of clearly incapable nincompoops. During the Obama administration, both branches of congress showed themselves to be as useful as a wet tissue. Democrats just played the “yes man” role to President Obama, while Republicans stalled them at every turn, very few of them providing potential solutions of their own. What we have now is not a balance of powers. What we have is a gridlock.

      Also, if you despise the “Democraps” so much, you should do your part to not become them.

      • James Robey

        Have you ever heard of sarcasm?

        • Tactician Magician

          You’re using text to convey words, my friend. Unless you specifically tell me in the original comment what you said was sarcasm, I’m forced to believe that you must be saying how you really feel. Text has no inflection. Text has no emotion. Text is cruel, heartless, and completely immune to sympathy… Just like my 8th grade Spanish teacher…

    • Wareagle82

      when you describe legislation that can affect millions as “secret” it sounds retarded.

      • James Robey

        I was being sarcastic

  • Billymack1968

    Stupid write up. And Rand is acting like a spoiled child. You’ll get to see it – when it’s time and not before. Trump was serious when he said no more leaks…

    • Wareagle82

      how is a member of Congress seeing a bill on which he may be asked to vote a “leak”?

    • MichiganFreedom

      What’s to leak in a public health care bill? It’s not a defense plan.

      • CrazyAuntJane

        I’d tend to support Rand BUT when you look at the damage Obamacare did to some people I could argue it’s is eliminating a danger!
        And If it is leaked by someone, the Democrats will manage to screw it up before it’s introduced!

  • Gerald Cline

    What…???? We “…have to pass it to see what is in it…????” I don’t think we need to go down THAT path again…!?!?!

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  • Robert Grim

    Sen Paul was on Hannity’s Show today stating the mandate is in the new ObamaCare Lite Bill as well as the Cadillac Tax.

  • Flick Yoli

    The Communist Jewish oligarchy legislates in secret using their proxies in the congress. Then you have to vote for it to even find out what is in it. Obamacare was written in secret by the Jews, Jonathan Gruber and Ezekiel Emmanuel, among others who are still secret. Jews control the deep state. Jews are the oligarchy. Time to remove them by force of arms. Obamacare is a piece of Stalinism.

    • Wareagle82

      it just wouldn’t be the Internet without the Joooooz.

      • Flick Yoli

        Nor would 48 % of American billionaires be Jews without the crimes of Jews against the gentiles. All this will be soon dealt with. Six million will be soon tripled and then where will the Jews be?

        • mphillips57

          Hey, I’ve got Jewish relatives. Where’s my share of the $$$? Can you tell me where to file my claim? Thanks.

          • Flick Yoli

            Move to Israel. The Jewish Fund will set you up in free housing in the settlements. The Right of Return and Birthright Citizenship is no joke. Religious Jews who make Aliyah can live off the American Taxpayer and Germany holocaust reparations. There’s your share. Now the get hell out.

      • MichiganFreedom

        Haha!

    • Casey

      Is it the Jews or the Zionist? Now I’m confused! What does my neighborhood Rabbi have to do with this? By the way, even he doesn’t like Zionism!!!

      • Flick Yoli

        Zionism is political Judaism. That is all. Does your neighborhood Rabbi like cheating gentiles in business? I bet he does. It is a halacha.

  • DatBus

    I’m confused. Trump told us he would destroy Obamacare. What’s going on?

    • mphillips57

      What’s going on is this website is doing one or both of these: (1) Using the term “Obamacare” as an insult to the mainstream GOP—saying they’re too similar to the Democrats. (2) Hoping the term “Obamacare” will stick to the new GOP healthcare system, er, “system,” whatever it turns out to be, so that when everybody HATES it, the Democrats will still get the blame. Yes, the website can have both purposes in mind—they can view the GOP as the Lesser Evil. But really, nobody paying the slightest bit of attention can possibly be confused—with the GOP in charge of both Houses of Congress and the White House, whatever comes next can’t realistically be “Obamacare.”

  • MichiganFreedom

    This is supposed to be being done for US. The discussion should be open to everyone from the get-go!

  • Rick Brohmer

    Hi Kody, I will tell Joe H., from UW-L you said Hello. I will see him later this month. I used to be just like you when I left UW-L. Then got a real job and watched taxes eat up my hard work. Had to pick a side just like you will some day. Tying your rope to Rand and Libertarian party is like pissing in a head wind but I wish you well. Take care…

  • pelermon

    Just REPEAL it and “GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY” !
    Free market will REPLACE !! Just remove their RESTRICTIONS !!!
    I don’t feel I need to purchase HEALTH INSURANCE from a HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY for everyone else in the country. If they need HEALTH CARE – give them HEALTH CARE – FINE — No monthly HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUM. INSURANCE is NOT HEALTH CARE !!!

  • jimrussell

    Love it, Paul the comedy ring master. Comedy at its very best, the loudmouth four flushing inept Republican Party caught in an Obamacare Gordian knot.

  • Nathaniel Banks

    The Republicans are literally borrowing a page from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:

    “But the plans were on display…”
    “On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”
    “That’s the display department.”
    “With a flashlight.”
    “Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.”
    “So had the stairs.”
    “But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”
    “Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.”

    ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

  • Joseph D’Agostino

    Rand is a Senator. The Bill is in the House. He needs a new job if he wants to HELP craft it.

  • Ben Franklin

    what do the other republicans say?

  • Blaine Hubsmith

    We have to pass the bill to know what’s in it! lol

  • Jack R.

    Well if Congress does manage to submit a “lite” version that really didn’t change anything, I hope President Trump laughs at them, throws it back in their faces and basically tells them to “try again”.

    I’m tired of these Deep State globalists like Ryan, McCain and the Dems constantly trying to screw over America.

  • David Gurney

    That headline and lede don’t even make grammatical sense. Who writes this dogshit?

  • seanmahair

    If this is only a draft how why should they have to show it to anyone until it is ready to be presented. Would Mr Paul and the rest of those who are hysterical about this submit the first draft a a speech or letter of intent or book or whatever to a newspaper to get public opinion. Transparency is good, fine and Okie Dokie but I think this is over reach. How about we find some real problems to deal with and wait until there is an actual issue before we reach panic mode. Crisis management is worse than a lack of “transparency”. That said the RINO’s in Congress need to figure out what side they’re on, they can be replaced and the American public is poised to do just that……..that was what the election was about.

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