'I've been in a bad mood;' Rand Paul signs up for Obamacare


by Joe Arnold


Posted on December 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 1:48 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Despite his opposition to the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) said he complied with the health care law on Thursday, signing up his family for health insurance through the District of Columbia exchange, the designated provider for members of Congress.

"I've been in a bad mood ever since," Paul told reporters in Louisville on Thursday.

Paul said his out-of-pocket cost to cover his wife and three sons is $20,000, four times the estimated $5,000 he says he paid for his family's health insurance five years ago.

Paul said he spent a frustrating two hours on the DC Exchange website.

"I went through all of my information and then I clicked the sign up button - which I wasn't very happy because of the price - but it didn't sign up and I lost all my data," Paul said.  "And I had to start all over again and finally got through."

Paul said website glitches are just the start of "Obamacare's" problems, even in Kentucky which is held up as a example of where the law is working.

"Forty times more people have been cancelled than have signed up (in Kentucky), Paul said.  "That can't be a success."

During a question and answer session at Captains' Quarters Yacht Club, Paul agreed with a Kentucky physician who argued that Republicans have not effectively countered the Obama administration's messaging on the law.

Paul said he wants a "unified Republican spokesman" to communicate the Republican message.

"Everyday when there's a press conference and (White House Press Secretary) Jay Carney gives his opinion, we should have a press conference immediately after there with our opinion," Paul said.

Paul also previewed his Friday address to the Detroit Economic Club, a plan to help the bankrupt city via targeted tax cuts and less bureaucracy.  Paul said "Economic Freedom Zones" could help impoversished areas across the country, including parts of Louisville and eastern Kentucky.

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Paul reiterated his endorsement of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in both the 2014 Senate primary against Matt Bevin and against the presumed Democratic frontrunner, Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Several weeks ago, Paul's description of Bevin as a “good, honest, Christian man,” contrasted the McConnell campaign's depiction of Bevin as a "con man."

Later, McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton, who is married to Paul's niece, suggested that Paul had misspoke and did not know Bevin, well.

"I try to take it with a grain of salt the things that (Benton) says," Paul explaine. "He's doing his job, and I'm trying to present my position the best I can."

Paul said while he does not think the GOP primary is particularly close, he guesses that the general election is fairly close."


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