The details are in concerning Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky) visit to Philly. It’s 11 a.m. May 18, at Independence Seaport Museum. It’s part of the WPHT Speaker Series and it will be hosted by Dom Giordano. The cost is $45.
Paul is seeking the Republican presidential nomination for 2016 and the topic is his book Taking a Stand: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America.
Hopefully, however, he will be queried on the allegations made by National Review that he stifled a subpoena for the application Congress made to the District of Columbia’s health exchange to beat the Obamacare penalties.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) insisted during the debate over Obamacare that lawmakers and staff join one of the health-care exchanges set up under the bill. This meant giving up government subsidies of between $5,000 and $10,000 per person.
Did it happen? LOL. After a secret meeting with House Speaker John Boehner, President Obama agreed to allow Congress to file as a small business. The law defines a small business as having no more than 50 employees. Congress employes tens of thousands.
An application was made declaring Congress to be a small business employing just 45 people and our public servants got to keep their Cadillac health-care plans.
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who chairs the Senate Small Business Committee, wanted to find out who in Congress pushed this claim and sought to file a subpoena against the D.C. health exchange for the full application.
All nine Dems on the Small Business Committee were against it, hence Vitter needed the support of all 10 Republicans.
Only five did and none of them was Paul. The other guilty parties were Mike Enzi (R-Wy), James Risch, (R-ID), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), and Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska).
Just one of those things that should make one go hmmm. Paul has said that his vote was because he wants a Constitutional amendment to prohibit Congress from passing laws that exempts themselves, according to N.R.
So what’s that got to do with opposing the subpoena? And that’s another thing that makes one go hmmm. Hopefully, that lame answer does not let Paul off the hook.