Congressman Ron Paul warned Friday that the draconian healthcare
bill currently in legislative progress looks extremely likely
to pass, an eventuality that would deliver a great blow for
freedom in the face of big government.
The Congressman issued the warning on the nationally syndicated
Alex Jones show, commenting:
"I'm less optimistic about anything decent coming out
of the healthcare. I think it's going to get worse, the people
of this country accept incrementalism, medical care is seen
somewhat differently, they don't see the same principles of
liberty applied to medical care as they do to their second amendment
and their first amendment rights."
When asked if he believed the Obamacare bill would pass, Paul
"Yes, to some degree... they're not going to get total
control, but they're going to have more control, the quality
of healthcare is going to go down."
"I imagine that by the time the dust settles, they will
undermine the ability to get a medical savings account,"
the Congressman added, explaining that "right now, if you
really want to take care of yourself, you can go out and get
a medical savings account, pay for all your local bills, your
doctors bills and put money in a savings account and get a tax
benefit... but this crowd up here now is not interested in protecting
Paul also spoke on a host of other issues during the twenty
minute interview, including a major victory regarding his efforts
to get the Federal Reserve audited.
"I think most know that last week it was put into a bank
regulation bill, which is a monster of a bill, when it came
out of the committee I voted against the bill, because I don't
vote for a few good things when there is a lot of bad things
in it. But my amendment won by 42-26, which was a major victory."
The provision was passed as part of the regulation bill in
the House just hours after the Congressman spoke.
"The real work needs to be done in the Senate," Paul
added. "So if anybody knows where their Senator stands,
try to urge the Senators to get on that same bill... There have
been several Senators that have put a hold on Bernanke's reappointment,
unless they have a vote on the auditing bill in the Senate."
"We have no idea exactly what will happen, there will
be a lot more resistance in the Senate, and the Fed still has
time to do all that they do, but nevertheless, this is a major
victory for the people. The grassroots got this done, I didn't
twist arms, I have no clout up here in that sense." The
Congressman further commented, adding that the victory was ever
sweeter because it represented a bipartisan success story against
elements of shadow government.
"It's a great testament to what can happen when the people
come together because this is not a conservative Republican
bill, it's liberals and populists and libertarians and constitutionalists
that have all come around to believing enough is enough and
the Fed is too big and too secret."
Other issues the COngressman also commented on included Obama's
Nobel peace prize, the climategate scandal and the push toward
world government at the climate change summit in Copenhagen.