Sen. Rand Paul outlined his fears about President Obama's health care law on "The Daily Show" late Monday, arguing "dinosaur syndrome" has prevented well-intentioned authors of the law from crafting effective reforms.
"I'm afraid it's going to be unaffordable and that's the real problem," the Kentucky Republican told John Oliver, interim host of "The Daily Show" in Jon Stewart's absence. "I'm afraid that everyone will pay a lot more for insurance. And I think precisely the people it was intended to help it may well hurt, because they may not be able to afford it."
Mr. Paul, a potential presidential contender in 2016, said Mr. Obama mandated insurance providers to cover so many things that costs will inevitably rise.
While the authors of the law might have had good intentions, he said, the law will have negative consequences.
"I call it the dinosaur syndrome," Mr. Paul said. "We have a lot of politicians who have really small brains and really big hearts. And they want to do what's right, but I don't think it's going to work."
Mr. Paul had a little fun with the temporary host, noting they have "special coverage for mental illnesses" in Mr. Oliver's home country of Great Britain.
The senator's profile has risen dramatically since he came to Capitol Hill in 2011, but Mr. Oliver made one thing straight from outset — he's not going to ask if Mr. Paul is running for president.
"Because it's the year 2013, so I don't care," the host said.
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