President Trump has been urging senators to pass the new Better Care Reconciliation Act, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) doesn’t have much faith in the GOP’s latest healthcare bill and said it was a mistake to try to pass it without first repealing Obamacare.
Paul said on “Fox News Sunday” that he doesn’t think Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) even has the votes to pass the Senate, and that’s a good thing.
“The death spiral of Obamacare is unwinding the whole system, and it will continue to unwind, but I don’t think Republicans should put their name on this key part of Obamacare,” Paul said. “And then we’re going to be blamed for the rest of the unwinding of Obamacare. It’s a really bad political strategy and it’s not going to fix the problem.”
Paul said the real problem is that Republicans won elections because they promised to repeal Obamacare. “But this bill keeps most of the Obamacare taxes, keeps most of the regulations, keeps most of the subsidies,” he said. “And creates something that Republicans have never been for, and that’s a giant insurance bailout superfund.”
Paul’s notion of first repealing and later replacing Obamacare has not gone down well with other senators, Republicans included, but the White House has indicated that President Trump may be open to it.
“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. “And then we can continue to try to fix, replace or whatever has to happen afterwards.”
McConnell announced on Saturday that voting on the healthcare legislation would be delayed while Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) recovers from surgery.
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