Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has been a longtime opponent of Obamacare — and big government in general. If you have paid even the slightest attention to political news in America, you know that Sen. Paul is a true warrior for liberty. That being said — it seems that Republicans’ bold plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are struggling to come to fruition, and Sen. Paul is fed up.
In a meeting with Speaker Ryan and key GOP senators to assure everyone that an Obamacare repeal is under way, Sen. Paul walked out before the meeting came to a close saying he’d heard enough of a conversation based on the premise of keeping Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.
GOP strategy to kill Obamacare centers on maintaining its Medicaid expansion and developing new credits that Sen. Paul argues would simply be a “new entitlement program.”
The Freedom Caucus — of which Sen. Paul is a major player — put forth a proposal of a 2015 Obamacare Repeal Bill that included the removal of Medicaid expansion as well as removing employer and individual mandates. Regarding their 2015 legislation proposal, Paul said:
“This legislation is the conservative solution to replacing Obamacare, and it will enable millions more to acquire affordable insurance through the free market.”
The major roadblock with the path to repealing and replacing Obamacare is that there are 20 senators from Medicaid expansion states, and the gutting of the funding to Medicaid in those states wouldn’t favorable for their reelection.
Many argue that the shutting down of Obamacare sets a precarious precedent that a new administration or congress session should just repeal and replace legislation and programs they dislike every four or eight years.
“If they don’t seem to care what conservatives think about complete repeal of Obamacare, they’re going to be shocked when they count the votes,” Sen. Rand Paul said highlighting that dismantling the massive healthcare program was a major selling point for the GOP during the 2016 election.
Sen. Paul spoke Wednesday about his alternative Obamacare repeal proposal, saying:
“There will be three principles of repealing Obamacare: legalize the sale of inexpensive insurance, expand health savings accounts, and allow associations to create their own health insurance pools. Let’s take what made America great, which is capitalism and free markets, and apply it to health care.”
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