Sen. Rand Paul would like his fellow Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on the same day.
The Kentucky Republican has not yet been allowed to view the secret Obamacare replacement draft that House Republicans are keeping under lock and key somewhere in the Capitol Building. But, he said Friday during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," it's clear what needs to be done.
"We should replace on the same day," Paul said. "I have a replacement bill. So do others. Vote on several alternatives for replacement on the same day as repeal.
"So I'm not advocating that we do nothing. I've actually been a big advocate over the last two months of saying we should replace on the same day . . . but we do differ within the Republican and the Democrat Party on what that replacement should be."
Paul and other Republican lawmakers want to see the GOP put forth and pass a full repeal of Obamacare, not simply an updated version of it with minor changes.
"And if there are big-government replacement ideas, big-government Republicans can then work with Democrats to pass spending proposals, if they think that's what replacement is," Paul said Friday.
"But if they want conservatives on board, we can vote tomorrow on a clean repeal. And then if they want to do some fancy new government programs and big taxes — Cadillac tax, taxing health insurance policies — they can work with Democrats to pass those, but it should be a separate proposal.
"If they want conservatives, they're going to have to do a clean repeal, like we did about a year ago."
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