Oops: Sen. Rand Paul's Son Automatically Enrolled in Medicaid

January 6, 2014 - 6:19 AM

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says the problems with Obamacare are affecting him personally. He tried to enroll his family on the Kentucky exchange, but one son ended up with a Medicaid card; and he doesn't even know if his family is covered.

"At this point, I am unsure," Paul told ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos. "And the other day, I actually tried to get my son signed up through the Kentucky exchange, you know, that the Democrats have said is so good. And I have here my son's Medicaid card: We didn't try to get him Medicaid; I'm trying to pay for his insurance, but they automatically enrolled him in Medicaid.

"For a month, they wouldn't talk to us, because they said they weren't sure he existed. He had to go down to the welfare office, prove his existence, then the next thing we know, we get a Medicaid card.

"So really, most of the people in Kentucky are automatically being enrolled in Medicaid; I'm trying to pay for insurance and can't pay for it, and I'm uncertain now whether I'm enrolled in D.C. and/or Kentucky, and it's a mess. I keep getting an error code, every time I go in, it will not let me edit my policy to try to make sure that my family is covered.

So no, I think it's really -- this is an unfolding disaster that I don't think gets better any time soon."

On another topic, Sen. Paul announced last week that he plans to file a class-action lawsuit against the National Security Agency's surveillance program.

On Sunday, he told ABC that a single warrant shouuld not apply to every American with a cell phone.

"One of the things that (Edward) Snowden released was a single court order to the company Verizon that all of their customers' records would be looked at. That, to my mind, smacks of a generalized warrant; that's what we fought the Revolutionary War over.

"So I think, by bringing a class action suit where we have hundreds of thousands of people who come forward and say, hey, my cell phone records are mine unless you go to a judge and ask a judge specifically for my records, you shouldn't be able to have a general warrant."