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Pence Pushes Back on Paul, Slams ACA Plan as 'Obamacare Done'

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By    |   Tuesday, 07 Mar 2017 03:51 PM

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday began the arduous task of selling the House's plan to replace Obamacare to members of his own party, refuting criticism and framing it as "Obamacare done."

Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday criticized the plan as "Obamacare Lite," but Pence said Paul doesn't have a legitimate gripe.

"I don't believe he does," Pence told conservative radio host Brian Kilmeade on Fox News Radio.

"Honestly I think as the American people look at the legislation that was unveiled last night — and it's likely going to change as it goes through a very open process on Capitol Hill and we'll listen to the senator and others about ways that we can improve it," Pence told Kilmeade. "But this is a bill that repeals the disastrous policy of Obamacare."

Pence, Rep. Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump have a growing line of Republicans behind Paul to convince that the House plan is the way to go; the Freedom Caucus doesn't like it, conservative think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and Club for Growth don't like it either.

"I just think this is Obamacare done," Pence said. "President Trump is keeping his word and I'm very confident that . . . the American people will see that we're closing the books on the Obamacare nightmare.

"This legislation begins the process of repealing Obamacare lock, stock, and barrel," the vice president continued. "The American people wanted to see this president, this Congress repeal and replace Obamacare, that all starts today."

Pence told conservative radio host Mike Gallagher that at least Republicans' plan to repeal and replace the ACA will have some light on it.

"Unlike Obamacare, this is all gonna happen in the open," Pence told Gallagher. "They literally wrote Obamacare in a backroom and brought it to the floor, and Nancy Pelosi at the time said, 'We need to vote on this bill so we can find out what's in it,'" Pence told Gallagher.

Pence also lauded the revocation of the individual mandate.

"I always thought the core objection — it's really an American objection — which is that in Obamacare, the federal government ordered every American to buy health insurance whether they wanted it or not. Or pay a tax," Pence told Gallagher.

"But ultimately we're letting the American people decide where Obamacare at its very core mandated that the American people buy an insurance product." Pence said. "That's why freedom is at the very center of the bill that was introduced in the Congress last night and the bill we hope and trust will make its way to the president's desk."

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