Sen. Rand Paul suggested on Sunday that he doesn’t believe that the GOP can get enough votes to pass their healthcare bill.
Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Paul said that McConnell doesn’t have enough votes.
“(T)his bill keeps most of the Obamacare taxes, keeps most of the regulations, keeps most of the subsidies,” he said.
Paul said the Republican Party doesn’t stand for giving a big bailout to massive insurance companies.
“That’s not a Republican idea to give taxpayer money to a private industry that already makes $15 billion in profit,” he said.
Conservative Tribune reports:
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 does believe a “narrower” version of the bill could amass more votes.
“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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