Breaking: Rand Paul Doesn’t Think GOP Has Votes to Pass Health Care Bill
While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republican senators have been trying to pass a health care bill to replace Obamacare, Senator Rand Paul has been speaking out against it.
Paul indicated on “Fox News Sunday” that McConnell doesn’t have enough votes in the Senate to pass the health care measure, citing too much similarity between the current bill and Obamacare.
“(T)his bill keeps most of the Obamacare taxes, keeps most of the regulations, keeps most of the subsidies,” he said.
The bill, Paul charged, created “something that Republicans have never been for” — a giant insurance bailout superfund.
“That’s not a Republican idea to give taxpayer money to a private industry that already makes $15 billion in profit,” he said.
The senator also criticized an amendment from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz that would allow insurers to sell skinnier health plans if they also sell plans compliant with Obamacare, according to Politico.
“The Cruz amendment will still be in the context of having the fundamental flaw of Obamacare, which are all these mandates,” he explained.
Instead of repealing and replacing the problematic Affordable Care Act all at once, Paul has suggested simply repealing the parts that haven’t worked — something President Donald Trump was reportedly open to.
“What I’ve suggested to the president … if this comes to an impasse, I think if the president jumps into the fray and says ‘Look guys, you promised to repeal it, let’s just repeal what we can agree to,’” Paul said, according to TheHill. “And then we can continue to try to fix, replace or whatever has to happen afterwards.”
Paul was optimistic that a “narrower” repeal bill could get a sufficient number of votes to get through the Senate.
“I still think the entire 52 of us can get together on a more narrow, clean repeal,” he said, noting that he was still in favor of replacing Obamacare, too, just under different terms than the current bill before the Senate.
“I’m still for replace, it’s just my definition of replace is a lot different than some of the big government Republicans,” Paul explained. “My idea always was to replace it with freedom, legalize choice, legalize inexpensive insurance, allow people to join associations to buy their insurance.”
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