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Rand Paul: GOP United on Repealing Obamacare, Split on Replacement

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By    |   Tuesday, 07 Mar 2017 08:28 PM

Congressional Republicans are united on repealing Obamacare — but "the real problem is adding replacement to the repeal bill," Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday.

"I actually think there's much more unity than people think," the Kentucky senator told Erin Burnett on CNN after introducing his bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. "One of the things that's united Republicans since 2010 is repeal.

"We're very, very united on repeal. Not so much on replace.

"We voted about a year ago on repeal and it was nearly unanimous," he said. "We could do that again."

Paul — who has slammed the replacement bill House leaders introduced on Monday as "Obamacare-lite" — said that the proposal would create "a new government program."

"On replacement, we have different ideas."

He believes that an Obamacare replacement bill should allow "the marketplace to work.

"The new House plan is a little bit more Obamacare-lite than I would like.

"We can vote on various replacements, even let the Democrats have a vote.

"We should have a variety of replacement bills," Paul told Burnett. "The repeal bill probably won't pass unless we take replacement off it."

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Congressional Republicans are united on repealing Obamacare — but "the real problem is adding replacement to the repeal bill," Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday.
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