Rand Paul Says Senate Health-Care Bill Doesn't Have The Votes

Senator Rand Paul took to the Sunday talk shows again this week to discuss the fate of Senate Health care bill 2.0., and in news that will surprise almost no one who’s been following along, the conservative Kentucky senator said Sunday on Fox and Friends that he doesn't think Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has the votes to pass the healthcare bill in its current form, according to the Hill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a new version of a healthcare plan earlier this week, which, among other things, incorporates demands from Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) to allow insurers to sell low-cost, skimpier plans all in an effort to draw conservative support for the new bill.

Yet apparently the revisions weren’t enough to win over Paul, one of the senate’s most dedicated conservatives.

"I don't think right now he does," Paul, a vocal critic of the Senate's healthcare plan, said on "Fox News Sunday."

Paul, who said that dozens of Republicans won thanks to their campaigning against Obamacare, again floated the idea of first repealing, and later replacing it. There is significant resistance to that plan among other senators, including Republicans, though the White House has indicated President Trump is open to it.

"What I've suggested to the president ... if this comes to an impasse, I think if the president jumps into the fray and says 'Look guys, you promised to repeal it, let's just repeal what we can agree to," Paul said.


"And then we can continue to try to fix, replace or whatever has to happen afterwards," he continued.

Republicans should try to repeal as many of the taxes, regulations and mandates as possible, Paul said.

Paul was later pressed on whether he would rather keep ObamaCare than pass the current GOP's healthcare legislation. He said that the current system is "terrible."

"The death spiral of ObamaCare is unwinding the whole system, and it will continue to unwind, but I don't think Republicans should put their name on this key part of ObamaCare," Paul said.


"And then we're going to be blamed for the rest of the unwinding of ObamaCare. It's a really bad political strategy and it's not going to fix the problem."

McConnell on Saturday announced Senate consideration of the healthcare legislation would be delayed while Sen. John McCain recovers from surgery, according to the Hill.

During a separate interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Paul said he thinks more conservative Republicans will realize the Senate GOP's healthcare bill does not actually repeal ObamaCare and drop their support for the bill the longer the proposal is out there. McConnell this week delayed the upcoming vote until Sen. John McCain recovers from surgery for a blood clot.

"I think the longer the bill's out there, the more conservative Republicans are going to discover that it's not repeal," Paul said.


"And the more that everybody's going to discover that it keeps the fundamental flaw of ObamaCare."

When asked about McConnell’s decision to delay the vote while Sen. John McCain recovers from surgery, Paul said he didn’t think McCain’s presence would sway the vote one way or another.

Paul said the bill in its current form keeps insurance mandates that "cause the prices to rise, which chase young, healthy people out of the marketplace."

"And leads to what people call adverse selection, where you have a sicker and sicker insurance pool and the premiums keep rising through the roof," Paul said.


"And one of the amazing things to me is, for all the complaints of Republicans about ObamaCare, we keep that fundamental flaw."


Bumpo Rick Cerone Sun, 07/16/2017 - 16:55 Permalink

Just Repeal it. It can't stand on its own two feet, so lets stop pretending. The Progressive Left will have you believe Millions will die, but Obama has been ripping off Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac to cover the unapproved costs. Its insolvent, unfunded, so call it what it is: Dead!

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Bill of Rights Hikikomori Sun, 07/16/2017 - 16:19 Permalink

Six years? How soon we forget this pathetic
Mess as you Called It was a Democrat utopian wet dream...there never will be a fix until Americans start choosing a healthier lifestyle. I went to the beach the other day I never in my Life seen so many fat assess wearing two piece bathing suits. Years past being caught overweight on the beach was an embarrassment now it's the new normal and what is considered healthy...

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Demologos ebworthen Sun, 07/16/2017 - 20:41 Permalink

Exactly right. The Republicans didn't have to vote for the ACA because the Democrats put in everything the big insurers wanted including a guaranteed profit and no negotiating for drug prices. By repealing, the Republicans would be stopping the gravy train. That's why it seems so hard for them to do something that should be easy.

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FoggyWorld Pernicious Gol… Sun, 07/16/2017 - 21:23 Permalink

Hate to tell you but what we had before is gone.   Corporate America got off the hook as did almost all employers who helped pay for health care and got tax deductions in return.   They aren't about to get back into that business and it doesn't bother them that we as employees have to now use after tax dollars to get decent care.Smart doctors have moved out and around the former system to position themselves to make a decent living.And apparently income is what determines which sort of healthcare you get so you can own a home with a swimming pool and get Medicaid.   The whole thing needs to be done over by serious people who want to do the right thing.   Those people as a rule don't live in or around Washington, DC.It's not Trump's fault but he should have known better than to think that Congress is capable of or interested in providing good healthcare for We the Little People.  That's why they exempt themselves.  They are fine and we are supposed to just tolerate their lack of performance and Trump who sees the swamp apparently hasn't had time to ever look at the work products that come out of there.     

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Buckaroo Banzai FoggyWorld Sun, 07/16/2017 - 23:42 Permalink

I think Trump knew exactly how this was going to play out. He understands how corrupt, weak, retarded, and incompetent the congressional Republican leadership is. He dumped this in their laps so they could fuck it up, and get a groundswell going for the rank and file to dump Ryan and McConnell. With any luck, McCain will die in office, and those home movies of Lindsey Graham with his cock in a five-year-old boys mouth will get leaked.

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Soul Glow Sun, 07/16/2017 - 16:23 Permalink

And people thought the swamp would be drained by one man!  Haha nope.  One man can not change the policy structure of the largest and overbloated government that has ever existed.

alfbell Sun, 07/16/2017 - 16:29 Permalink

The sooner the people revolt and overthrow Congress, SCOTUS, etc. the better. There will never be prosperity and the pursuit of happiness in this country. That died ages ago. This is a runaway train that should've been derailed over 100 years ago.