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Rand Paul: Obamacare shows liberals have 'really big hearts but really small brains'

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., while defending Republican attempts to defund or delay Obamacare through the continuing resolution, argued that the health care law is emblematic of liberal policy proposals.

"There is a cost to things," Paul told the Lexington Herald-Leader. "And this is the problem I think for liberals in general in that they have really big hearts but really small brains. You have to think through the consequences."

"The question's never whether it is a good idea for people to have health insurance — the question is how you're going to pay for it," he also said.

Paul was one of the original supporters of the idea, proposed by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to attempt to prevent the implementation of Obamacare by defunding the law via the continuing resolution before the subsidies start going out in 2014.

The Kentucky senator suggested early in the process that he'd be willing to compromise on that effort. "[W]e're not getting any kind of compromise if we just peremptorily announce defeat or surrender before we get started,” Paul said during a press conference at the Young Americans for Liberty conference in July.

President Obama and Senate Democrats refuse to pass anything but a "clean" continuing resolution — that is, a funding measure that has no affect on Obamacare funding, coverage or timing.

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