Washington D.C. — Senator Rand Paul announced this morning that Obamacare members who will lose their coverage would be compensated with discounted versions of Ayn Rand’s novels. Mr. Paul also disclosed that Congress is considering providing The Road to Serfdom written by Austrian School economist Friedrich Hayek.
“When you think about it, it’s really simple,” said Senator Paul speaking via telephone to FoxNews’ popular morning television show Fox and Friends. “We have to start building a better health care system in its place. And we need to start with a new principle: put the patient in the driver’s seat. And that driver’s instruction manual is Atlas Shrugged and sometimes Fountainhead.”
According to Senator Paul’s spokesperson Bethany Millbright, as people are “peeled off the Obamacare nipple,” they will have time to reflect on their value to society. Congressional Republicans realized early that such idle minds could lead to mischief, such as social unrest. The solution was to occupy the uninsured with new ideas to correct their government-dependent ways. Of course, the announcement sent shock waves across the D.C Beltway, drawing both cheers and jeers from Republicans and Democrats.
“I think it’s a wonderful and innovative idea,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Instead of people simply sucking off the system, they can use this downtime to re-educate themselves using the wise words of Ayn Rand.”
However, Democrats had some harsh criticism for the Speaker’s announcement.
“They say the Republicans are the party of ideas,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren nervously, adjusting her glasses on MSNBC following Mr. Paul’s announcement. “Well what if those ideas don’t work or worse–they’re crap? How is a novel written for the intellect of a 17-year-old boy going to help people get their asthma medicine? Beats me.”
The current draft of the legislation is called, “The Ayn Rand Medical Restoration Act of 2020” has appropriated over 260 million dollars for book subsidies for former Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) participants. That amount will cover 50% of the cost of Atlas Shrugged for the 20 million people who will lose medical insurance.
“We don’t want to just give the book away for free,” continued Mr. Paul. “That would be the very thing we’re fighting against Obamacare. These people need to have some skin in the game, which is why they’ll need to contribute around $14 for their copy of Atlas Shrugged. Think of it as a copay in the fight against economic ignorance.”
Congressional Democrats have promised to resist the bill, and Senate Democrats are going as far as to threaten a filibuster to stop the vote.