Rand Paul Blocked By Armed Guards From New Obamacare Bill

Rand Paul Blocked By Armed Guards From New Obamacare Bill

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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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  • displacedjim
    March 2, 2017, 2:33 pm

    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.

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  • ConstitutionalTruth
    March 2, 2017, 2:35 pm

    “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.

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  • rogerfgay
    March 2, 2017, 2:46 pm

    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.

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  • Dave@ConstitutionalTruth
    March 2, 2017, 3:09 pm

    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?).

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  • Chuck
    March 2, 2017, 3:23 pm

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

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