Rand Paul Rips Romney on Healthcare

Friday, 12 Aug 2011 12:23 PM

By Dan Weil

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Some Republicans aren’t impressed with presidential front-runner Mitt Romney’s defense of the healthcare reform law he implemented while governor of Massachusetts. Count Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul as one of them, Politico reports.

Romney has tried to portray the issue as one of states’ rights, saying universal healthcare was appropriate for Massachusetts but not for the nation as a whole. Paul acknowledges that Romney and his father, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who also is running for president, share some views on states’ rights.

There is “a little bit of agreement between him and my father in the sense that there is no real, absolute proscription against states doing some things. So I think Gov. Romney’s technically correct in that sense,” Paul told reporters after Thursday’s presidential debate.

“But my father’s next response was the states can do foolish things,” Paul said. “And the state running health care is a foolish thing.”


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