Rep. Paul Broun of GA speaks with attendees of the Tea Party Conference in Marietta, GA. Broun currently holds a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and is seeking the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Saxby Chambliss, retiring in 2014.
Broun is a physician who joined the House in 2007, representing Athens, GA to ‘lead the charge of fiscal responsibility as he works to cut wasteful government spending, remove burdensome and unconstitutional mandates, and restores a constitutionally-limited government.’
Today’s speech centered almost entirely around Obamacare, with Broun noting, ’Obamacare is the greatest attack upon our liberty that we have seen in a lifetime.’ While the government has been unsuccessful thus far in passing gun control legislation, Broun discusses how Obamacare could, in theory, be used to obtain the gun control it seeks. How? The U. S. Government could identify items like a gun to be a health hazard and thus begin taxing the identified item modifying behavior by making owning a gun no longer financilly feasible. On Obamacare, Broun promises ‘I will not vote to fix it, it is not fixable, I will not vote to delay it….the only solution is to get rid of it…to pull it out by its roots.
Rep. Broun dismisses the President Obama’s rhetoric about Republicans having no alternative plans to Obamacare by discussing the bill he introduced three years ago, H.R. 2900 – The Patient Option Act, an option Broun says places healthcare in the hands of the patient. Only time will tell if the legislation gains more traction the second time around as it was re-introduced in August 2013.
As a Marine, Broun swore to support and defend the Constitution from enemies both foriegn and domestic and says if a bill is not one of the 18 enumerat outlined in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, he will not vote for it. He says over the past four years, he asks these four questions about a proposed law:
Is it Constitutional?
Is it right, based on the Judeo-Christian values on which our country was founded?
Do we need it?
Can we afford it?
‘If the answer to all 4 is yes, I will vote yes’ Broun said.