President Trump To Back Rand Paul Health Care Proposal

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told MSNBC on Wednesday that President Donald Trump intends to respond to the failure of the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal legislation by taking executive action to enact Paul’s “Associated Health Plans” health care reform proposal.

“I think there’s going to be big news from the White House in the next week or two, as something they can do on their own,” Paul said. “This is something I’ve been advocating for six months and I think it’s bigger than Graham-Cassidy, it’s bigger than any reform that we’ve even talked about to date, but hasn’t got enough attention.”

The Paul proposal permits small businesses and individuals to club together in order to buy insurance at lower prices.

“I believe that President Trump can legalize, on his own, the ability of individuals to join a group, or a health association, across state lines, and buy insurance,” Paul stated. “This would give enormous leverage to bringing down prices and it would also give protection to individuals that feel left out, hung out to dry.”

“If you and your spouse buy insurance by yourselves and if your spouse gets sick, you will be punished by the insurance industry. If these individuals can join large groups across state lines, I think they’ll get protection, less expensive insurance, and really it will solve a lot of the problems we have in the individual market,” Paul continued. “I believe President Trump’s going to do this on his own.”

Paul believes the reform does not require congressional approval, as authority for it already exists in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which permits multi-state corporations to buy insurance across state lines.

“What I’m trying to do is let individuals get into that marketplace, and this would be of enormous benefit,” Paul said.

Paul said he did “not necessarily” think that that an executive order was necessary, instead saying he thinks the administration will do this through an executive “reinterpretation of existing law with a more expansive definition of who can form an association.”

Asked if this is something Paul had discussed with the President, he replied, “on multiple occasions.”

“I’ve spoken with the Secretary of Labor on it, they’re enthusiastic about it,” Paul continued. “I think Graham Cassidy frankly distracted us – the good thing about my proposal is that it costs $0.”

“It is basically legalizing the ability of consumers to collectively come together to bargain for cheaper prices – we need to do this because the insurance companies have all the power,” Paul concluded.

Later that day, Trump suggested to reporters that he would indeed be signing the Paul plan.

“I’ll probably be signing a very major executive order where people can go out, cross state lines, do lots of things and buy their own health care, and that will be probably signed next week,” Trump said. “It’s being finished now. It’s going to cover a lot of territory and a lot of people. Millions of people.”

If the administration does indeed go ahead with Paul’s proposal, it will certainly be a major legislative victory for the Senator from Kentucky, and a testament to his warm rapport with President Trump.

  • Rob

  • Look at that President Trump can do many things at one time including the NFL boycott !

  • He’s all over the place.

  • Didn’t he back it previously one time and none of the GOP supported Rands’s plan so it just fell threw?

  • The heck with Paul. He is full of it, just wanted a way to avoid voting to repeal what he claims he wants to repeal and thus protect himself from any backlash should an actual repeal prove unpopular back home. He is a man who hides behind a façade of principle, not a man OF principle.

    • Stuart, the bill that Rand would not vote for, was 90% Obamacare…

      • Hedgehog!

        Correct! Rand is probably more honest then the rest of them by a long shot!

  • You mean the one that Rand hijacked from Ted Cruz? Lolol

    • Ah nope. Rand has had his plan laid out for a long time. He’s one of the few that should actually be passing legislation in Congress.

    • Yep and after Ted Cruz’s yes he robbed it. Anyone can go and look for themselves. I’m happy that it may be used but Rand isn’t fooling anyone besides randroids lol.

    • Oh by the way thanks again for giving us all a McConnell re-election #randpaul you #opportunist

    • Chad William Harshman prove that Rand didn’t have this prior to Cruz…

    • Ted has shown his ideas since 2014.

      Ted also released his healthcare plan before Rand did during the Republican primary race that Rand Paul never came close to having a chance in.

      • dtownprof

        So he was proposing a health care plan and punted on an economic plan by supporting the pie in the sky FAIR tax while Rand developed the only economic plan of any candidate in the field that produced a budget surplus.

      • Jerald Hall

        The notion that Ted Cruz stands for anything cutting edge or forward thinking is an idea created completely by himself and gobbled up by idiots.

    • Ted was literally the first one to attack Obama care and offer better ideas. By saying you don’t know this shows that you don’t pay attention at all.

      • Jerald Hall

        So wrong…. if anything Cruz has copied Paul. Paul was elected in 2010.

    • Chad William Harshman who cares whose it was first if it was Cruz first then great. It’s a good plan thats all that matters. I like both senators and no constitutional conservative can deny they both along with Mike Lee are way better than the rest of the gop

    • I’ll be happy if it’s passed I just don’t care for people taking credit for something they didn’t do especially a guy that helps McConnell get re-elected over a principled conservative which put us in the mess were in. He play like he’s principled but he isn’t and I’ll be damned if I’ll let him take credit for anything Cruz , Lee, Bratt or any principled conservative does.

      • dtownprof

        You just used the Cruz fake filibuster as proof when that was nothing more than a long speech that had no impact on anything. And Cruz wouldn’t even be a senator without the help of Ron Paul’s network that helped him get elected. He’s been a huge disappointment.

    • Chad, I’m not even going to bother asking you more questions, because you can’t even answer Loren’s basic request of evidence without ambiguous claims like “Ted was literally the first one to attack Obama care” — LOL. Saying he was first again is not the evidence anyone was asking for.

      Half the nation opposed the Affordable Care Act, before it was even passed into legislation. To suggest the man you love was the first to do so in 2014, when the legislation was hotly disputed since it was introduced 5 years earlier in 2009– is just ridiculous.

      Also note that, Ted Cruz has never said anything about reinterpreting ERISA through executive action. So I’m going to go with you’re just straight up a liar, and that Ted Cruz is an idiot who once advocated carpet bombing, which is literally a war crime.

      P.S. that’s how you use the word literally.

    • Rand Paul the swamp thing lol this is cute.


    • Again, 4 years after many congressmen had already voted against Obamacare (which he did not, because he wasn’t even a senator yet). Being anti-Obamacare is nothing original.

      This article is about a specific plan to open up competition on insurance through a reinterpretation of ERISA.

      So again, how the hell is anyone copying Cruz’s plan– if Cruz has never mentioned ERISA in his life???

      If he is neither the first to oppose Obamacare and has never mentioned ERISA.. What are you claiming he is the originator of!?

    • Lol everyone knows he took the lead on this and then they abandoned him while he fought due to political pressure from people like Rands pal Mitch.

      Good thing Cruz did eventually become a senator because none of the other one had the balls that’s for sure.

      While Rands was patting Mitch on the ass Ted was calling him a liar on the Senate floor big shoots.

      • dtownprof

        Cruz is the biggest fake in the Senate. He ran on a liberty platform while pushing endless war and NSA spying on innocent citizens. He faked a filibuster he faked being a fiscal conservative. Fake, fake, fake. Paul is the real deal, his dad was the real deal.

        And Trump? This is his last shot. He could have backed his plan from the beginning and he CHOSE the establishment proposal. He’s only backing this now because he’s out of options.

    • You’re delusional. This isn’t sports. We’re not cheering on our favorites– well, you are, since you’re clearly obsessed with Cruz.

      To everyone else, however, these are facts.. Rand Paul endorsed a good idea (that Ted Cruz has never, ever talked about), and Trump may proceed with it.

  • Fake

  • I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • The Liberty Conservative how come I can not access your website nor this article?

  • John Normanton

    You deliver this to the people Senator Paul you will be president someday.

    • CharlesSWVA

      Bravo. 1924 would be the election year best fitted.

      • Jerald Hall

        says the progressive who views economic freedom as an old fashioned idea but insists a five year economic plan is cutting edge and modern.

        • CharlesSWVA

          Those 5-year plans worked great for Russia and Venezuela. We could do even better than those hicks.

      • Incogneto

        2024…Not 1924

  • Kurt Kirkpatrick

    Physicians hate insurance companies just as much as their patients do. This is a way to put leverage on the big insurers by allowing individuals to negotiate group health plan benefits and costs. It’s a win-win for doctors and consumers of health care.

    • medman

      I’m a physician and I definitely hate insurance companies!

    • Ken Allen

      Absolutely Kurt!

  • John Normanton

    Stuart W. Mirsky, sounds like you are getting worried that your free medical is going out the window, don’t worry that didn’t happen before Obamacare and it won’t happen after Obamacare. I can also tell that you are uneducated because his plan will repeal Obamacare, so your repeal story is garbage and because of lies you just told you obviously have no principles and therefore are not qualified to know what a man of principle is.

  • Kurt Kirkpatrick

    Rand and Donald both like to bypass a do-nothing congress. This is the pathway for get-er-done leaders.

  • Larry Henderson

    How about at the same time you force Congress to take the same insurance (Obamacare) as the rest of America if it’s so great!

    • James B. Smith

      great idea

      • Don

        Yes absolutely then need to be in the pen with us.

  • If you’re a true libertarian you should be as pissed about this as obammycare.
    Executive orders need to be outlawed.

  • Jay Wheeler

    This should be added too Graham-Cassidy? I am sorry no one could get the sponsors to do that and sorry that it would not have been enough for Rand to support it. The result will be a better Bill yet, and next time we will have the votes, but Rand is the only guy principled enough to admit the whole ACA thing is a mistake, but l;ike all entitlement programs to date, we are never going to get this one to make sense. In fact, I think the Democrats conviction for single payer will work against them and the Trump base when it gets to election time. I may be wrong, but I don’t think that dog will hunt.

  • oic

    what do you mean no cost? Keeping obamacare means there is cost

  • Jim Cothern

    I have been telling people for a long time that the President has powers of the Constitution to regulate interstate sales of insurance without congress approval. That power is “ regulate interstate commerce.”

  • FredFlintstone

    Brilliant. SCOTUS already ruled corporations are ‘people’ for supplying money to elected officials so why not reverse it?

  • CharlesSWVA

    The fireman that prophesied Trump’s election, has prophesied that during Trump’s term(s) 3 SCOTUS justices will be replaced because of illegalities. Wonder if that will be the Chief’s warping of ACA as a tax, hence legal? Legislating by the SCOTUS?

  • FINALLY!!!!

  • Rita Evanshine

    Who cares who was first to offer up kill Obamacare…be first to do something NOW to help Americans and their skyrocketing premiums.

  • Recon5


  • Wisenheimer

    Rand Paul is a doctor. Don’t so gullible as to think he has OUR best interests at heart.

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