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Sen. Rand Paul to Vote 'Yes' on Healthcare Bill

By    |   Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 11:22 AM

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., confirmed that he will vote to move the Republican healthcare bill forward in the Senate, but stressed that he won’t support the bill if conservatives aren’t more involved.

“Nobody in Congress is more for repealing Obamacare and replacing all of it than me, ” Paul said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning. “I’m not for [the bill]. I’ll vote to get the bill out. But I want some assurance that we’ll have a vote on a clean repeal. … I think conservatives have been treated shoddy.”

The Senate is scheduled for a preliminary vote on the GOP healthcare bill on Tuesday afternoon. The party has had a difficult time finding the 50 votes necessary, despite the GOP holding 52 seats in the upper chamber.

A number of conservatives associated with the Tea Party movement, including Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, both of whom have been holdouts on the bill. Neither thinks it goes far enough to cut insurance costs or subsidies.

Paul said Tuesday that his faction “haven't gotten zip from leadership,” and that he has “a lot of problems with this process,” because “conservatives are getting nothing.

"There's no promise of a clean repeal vote," Paul added. “If they're not even going to talk with conservatives, if we're going to be excluded from the process, conservatives don't need to participate in this pork fest.”

He said there’s “probably nobody in Congress more for repealing and replacing all of Obamacare“ than him.

“I campaigned on it… but what they’re putting forward isn’t repeal and it becomes a huge insurance bailout.”

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., confirmed that he will vote to move the Republican healthcare bill forward in the Senate, but stressed that he won’t support the bill if conservatives aren’t more involved.
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