Sen. Rand Paul: 'You Name It, Your Freedom of Choice Is Gone'

By Susan Jones | January 15, 2014 | 6:10am EST

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

( - "You have given up your freedom of choice," Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) warned Americans on Tuesday, as the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal released their latest Index of Economic Freedom.

The Index shows that the United States no longer ranks among the top-ten freest economies in the world. When President Obama took office, the U.S. was number 6th. Now it is 12th.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), speaking at Heritage, said the U.S. slip is no surprise because economic freedom is inversely proportional to the size of government. And ours keeps getting bigger.

Among other problems, he pointed an accusing finger at Obamacare:

"The government takeover of health care is a significant loss to freedom. In fact, I would argue that Obamacare involves the largest loss of freedom of choice in 50 years. Not only are you prevented from keeping your doctor if you like them, you're also prevented from choosing your insurance plan."

Paul said Obamacare is about freedom of choice, and Americans have now given up that freedom: "You have given up your freedom to choose your insurance company -- your freedom to choose your doctor. All you have to do is get on the "Obamacare" website and realize you have poor choices now.

"But it's not just about health care. It's light bulbs. It's toilets. It's cars. You name it, your freedom of choice is gone. For a party that says they are the pro-choice party, this is the most anti-choice administration we've seen in a lifetime."

Paul said by limiting your freedom, big government is also limiting your prosperity: "A smaller percentage of adults now work than have ever before been in our economy. If we want America to prosper again, we must reflect upon why we continue to fall in the Economic Freedom Index. Until we understand that freedom and prosperity go hand-in-hand, our future remains clouded.

"Our kids need worry if America will continue to be the land of the free and the economic engine of the world."

According to the Heritage/Wall Street Journal Index of Economic Freedom, Hong Kong’s economic freedom score is 90.1, making it the top-rated economy in the Index for the 20th consecutive year. Singapore is number two, followed in descending order by Australia, Switzerland, New Zealand, Canada, Chile, Mauritius, Ireland, Denmark, Estonia, and then the United States.

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