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Sen. Paul: Repeal/Replace Could Pass With Changes

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By    |   Thursday, 20 July 2017 10:56 AM

If an "enormous insurance bailout fund" is taken away from the Senate Republicans' repeal and replace legislation plan, it could likely pass, Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday.

"I've told them that if they will take that insurance bailout money and put it on a separate bill that is likely to pass, they could probably get what they want and conservatives wouldn't be forced to vote for something that we philosophically think the federal government shouldn't be involved with," the Kentucky Republican told Fox News' "Fox & Friends."

Paul said he and President Donald Trump spoke on the telephone Wednesday night, and the president is "the most adamant that we should repeal Obamacare. I've given him options and the leadership some options."

If the insurance money is put into a separate bill, that would be voted on the same day, moderates would likely still vote for the repeal/replace measure, said Paul.

"Then they would see that they're getting their money, and conservatives would see that we're doing what we promised, which is repeal," said Paul.

"We didn't promise as conservatives on to vote for a insurance bailout fund. In fact, most of us are opposed to a philosophy of giving money to an industry that has doubled."

Insurance companies are "whining" that they want more taxpayer money, said Paul, but they are the "richest corporations in America. Why should taxpayers have to subsidize rich corporations?"

Meanwhile, Paul said he has spoken with the three or four people who are saying they will not vote for a clean repeal bill, and he offered them a compromise that combined the repeal bill and the latest replacement bill that he believes could please all parties.

"One of the things that people no longer want to vote for the 2015 repeal bill are worried about is that Medicaid goes away in two years," said Paul.

"But I have offered that in the Senate leadership bill, there's a seven-year relaxing window where the Medicaid expansion gradually doesn't go away because it's paid for by the states over a seven-year period. I said we would put that on the clean bill, and I would accept that as a compromise, and I think some of them are thinking about it. "

Paul said he does not agree with the thought that a vote against either a clean repeal bill or a replacement bill is a vote for Obamacare.

"What I would say is there's greater danger to passing something that doesn't work, and we come to 2018 elections, and guess what? We still have the fundamental flaw of Obamacare," said Paul.

"The death spiral continues. In fact, I think all of these plans allow the death spiral to continue."

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