Sen. Rand Paul, one of the harshest critics of the GOP effort to reinvent Obamacare said Sunday that he doesn’t believe the establishment Republican healthcare redux has a chance of passing Congress.
The Kentucky conservative believes the biggest problem with the plan is that it doesn’t go far enough in fulfilling a promise to GOP voters to fully repeal, and then replace, President Barack Obama’s failed healthcare plan.
Paul, who has frequently referred to the plan being pushed by House Speaker Paul Ryan and the Trump administration as “Obamacare-Lite,” says he believes voters expect congressional conservatives to fully repeal the healthcare law before opening debate about the best plan for a replacement.
“I was elected in 2010 right after it came into place, to repeal it,” Paul said.
The lawmaker, who was elected to the Senate during the national Tea Party sweep that saw many conservative voters tired of an increasingly big government GOP establishment, says the healthcare non-repeal being pushed by President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan is a sign of a GOP heading in a direction opposite the sentiment that brought lawmakers of his style to Congress.
The lawmaker said he and conservative allies likely have a shot at killing the healthcare legislation, which would put them at odds with a White House that has nothing but good things to say about the Ryan bill.
“I just want to let the world know I am 100 percent in favor. “Trump said. “We’re going to have a healthcare plan that’s going to be second to none.”
But for conservatives like Paul, Trump’s plan is simply too similar to Obamacare.
“We never ran on making the entitlement subsidies permanent,” Paul said.