Rand Paul: Put John Roberts on His Precious ObamaCare
Senate firebrand proposes constitutional amendment
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 23, 2013 12:52 PM CDT
Rand Paul speaks on Capitol Hill in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Looks like Rand Paul hasn't forgiven John Roberts for declaring ObamaCare constitutional. The Kentucky senator says he's pushing a constitutional amendment stating that no federal employees would get special exemptions from laws—which, he tells the Daily Caller, would kick government employees off their taxpayer-subsidized health plans, and into the same ObamaCare exchanges as everyone else. "My amendment says basically that everybody including Justice Roberts—who seems to be such a fan of ObamaCare—gets it too," Paul says.

"See, right now, Justice Roberts is still continuing to have federal employee health insurance subsidized by the taxpayer," Paul continued. "And if he likes ObamaCare so much, I’m going to give him an amendment that gives ObamaCare to Justice Roberts." His move follows David Vitter's attempt to pass an amendment that would do much the same thing for members of Congress and their staffers, which, according to Politico, has been unpopular even among Vitter's Republican colleagues.

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Sep 24, 2013 12:21 PM CDT
I agree with Senator Paul, but for a completely different reason. If all federal employees, including elected and appointed officials and their staffers, had to get their coverage from their state's exchanges they might have an incentive for making Obamacare work as well as possible for everybody in all 50 states.
Sep 24, 2013 12:05 PM CDT
How about extending Medicare to EVERYONE who wants it/can afford it, and let the ones who want to say with/on private insurance keep theirs, but say they have to contribute to Medicare even if they opt out? I like some of the aspects of Obamacare, like the ones that help the uninsured, but universal healthcare would be a better solution.
Sep 24, 2013 7:53 AM CDT
Definitely a 'Chip Off The OLD Block' This guy is Crazier than his DADDY Ron !.