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Sen. Rand Paul: Won't Vote for Quick Budget Just to Ax Obamacare

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By    |   Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 11:55 AM

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he opposes Obamacare and considers it important to repeal it — but he will not vote for a quick budget measure just to get rid of the troubled healthcare reform law.

"Everybody is hot and heavy to vote on the budget because they want to repeal Obamacare, but the budget will add $8.8 trillion to the debt over the next 10 years, and I will not be part of that," Paul told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday. "I think the debt is a more important problem than Obamacare."

However, he does think, if Republicans want to repeal Obamacare, they must replace it at the same time.

"If they don't, Obamacare continues to unravel, and there are many healthcare analysts and experts who are predicting bankruptcy for insurance companies and a massive insurance company bailout within the first six months of repeal," Paul said. "We need to think through how we do this, and it's a huge mistake for Republicans if they do not vote for replacement on the same day as we vote for repeal."

Paul said most of the people covered by Obamacare in his home state got coverage through the expansion of Medicaid, not through the subsidized market, and one of the biggest problem with the whole program is there are "a lot people who are sick buying insurance and not enough healthy people."

He is also concerned, if the individual mandate requiring insurance is purchased, that will mean the "top heaviness" with sick people buying insurance at the last minute will just get worse.

Insurance also needs to be available for people who are self-employed, Paul said, but he believes such workers should be able to be pooled along with large groups so their coverage will cost less.

He said it was a "trick question" to ask him if he approves of insurance coverage for all.

"As a physician, I believe I am my brother's keeper, and my oath says I will take care of everybody," Paul said. "Physicians said we have 100 percent access and should, and we don't turn people away from the hospitals. What we need is an economic model where insurance is affordable."

Obamacare also made it illegal to sell inexpensive insurance, Paul said, so under any replacement plan, there must also be the option to sell all forms of insurance.

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he opposes Obamacare and considers it important to repeal it — but he will not vote for a quick budget measure just to get rid of the troubled healthcare reform law.
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