Nobody has given up on repealing and replacing Obamacare, Sen. Rand Paul said Monday.
"I have not given up," the Kentucky Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "The Freedom Caucus has not given up, and neither has the White House."
On March 31, after the American Health Care Act was pulled from a House vote, President Donald Trump had said he was moving his focus on to tax cuts and other issues, but Paul, who discussed the issue with Trump over a round of golf over the weekend, said his impression is that nobody has given up on the matter.
"He probably was the best of the foursome, but there was a wager, and the president was my partner," Paul said. "The wager was, if our team won, I would be on board, throw out everything I said over the last month, and I would be all in for the plan. But as it were, the match wound up tied, and since we were tied, I'm still wanting it to happen."
"I think they still think they are pounding a square peg in a round hole," said Paul. "I've offered them a way out of this that I think pleases moderates and conservatives."
That way, said Paul, is "not to try to put all the things that moderates want to retain in the bill. Simply leave them as a little bit of Obamacare that we don't get rid of, although I'm for getting rid of all of it, I would promise leaving some in place."
Paul said that both he and conservatives don't like the idea of repealing Obamacare subsidies but replacing them with Republican subsidies.
"If you want subsidies, replace 80 percent of the Obamacare's, and conservatives might go with that," said Paul.
The senator, also appearing on Fox News' "America's Newsroom," told anchor Bill Hemmer that he believes lawmakers are getting "closer and closer on healthcare reform legislation.
"The important thing to remember is sometimes we get so caught up in our arguments we think we disagree on everything, when in reality we probably agree on 80 percent to 90 percent of the stuff," said Paul. "We're getting to the point where all sides feel the Obamacare repeal will be good for the public, bring down prices and let more people get insurance at a cheaper price."
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