Rand Paul to GOP: Pass a 'Clean Repeal Like We Promised'

Elias Hubbard
July 5, 2017

Republican Senate leaders now say the new goal is to pass a bill sometime this month ahead of the long August recess - frustrating many conservatives, including President Donald Trump.

Let's come together as Iowans and Americans to fix the problems with the Affordable Care Act and build a health-care system that we can all be proud of.

In the Senate, the GOP has once again been plagued by seemingly contradictory pressures. But Jennings acknowledged the delay would make McConnell's task more hard, giving opponents time to rally and ratchet up public pressure. Everything on the table right now, except for an outright repeal with no replacement, provide for a lot of public funding.

"We're getting close", Short told "Fox News Sunday". Within minutes of Sasse's comments, President Trump tweeted an endorsement of that approach. But it leaves the GOP campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare unresolved. "It needs to be a good replace, but if we can do a combined repeal and replace over the next week that's great". Take the plates and just walk away.

For years, Republicans have waited for the day they controlled both chambers of Congress and the White House. Todd Young of IN, was a House member at the time and also voted for repeal.

Trump tweeted earlier Friday that if Republicans could not reach a consensus on the current bill, they "should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!" "This is consistent with what we did in December 2015 and this is probably what we ought to be doing now if we can't save this effort", said Sen.

"Sometimes on deadlines we still don't get things done", he added. Instead, it is a deferred cost (in the House plan) or a waiting period to enroll (in the Senate plan). He said Senate leaders were unwisely seeking to win over moderates with multibillion dollar proposals to combat the opioid epidemic and boost tax subsidies to help lower-income people get coverage. He abandoned that idea after the Congressional Budget Office reported last week that his plan would cause 22 million Americans to lose health insurance.

"I have a lot of respect for Senator Sass but that idea is an absurd idea". Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent and 2016 Democratic presidential contender.

He spent two years without health insurance, until the Affordable Care Act went into effect and he purchased an individual plan on Kentucky's health insurance exchange. That is because, as Obama and the Democrats who passed it knew, Republicans trying to repeal Obamacare would be taking back something the government had already given to millions of Americans.

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