Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced on Monday that he will soon introduce the piece of legislation that will serve as a potential replacement of Obamacare, bolstering the Republican party’s efforts to repeal the controversial law and strike a compromise with congressional Democrats.
This week I'll unveil a replacement to Obamacare. As agreed w/ @realDonaldTrump, we must replace it w/ real market reforms. Details coming!
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 9, 2017
A faction of GOP lawmakers have hesitated to move forward on the party’s promise to leverage its majority status to repeal the Affordable Care Act until it can fully negotiate a replacement package. President-elect Donald Trump has also expressed his desire to see Obamacare get replaced on the same day it is repealed.
I just spoke to @realDonaldTrump and he fully supports my plan to replace Obamacare the same day we repeal it. The time to act is now.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 7, 2017
Repealing Obamacare would require 50 votes in the Senate, and since Republicans currently have 52 seats, they can push such a measure through without even a single vote from the Democrats.
Paul has yet to announce the contents of the replacement bill, but has previously made his preference known for a less government-centric approach to provide American families with healthcare coverage.
“What should we replace Obamacare with? Perhaps we should try freedom,” Rand wrote in an op-ed, suggesting that Americans should have the ability to “choose inexpensive insurance free of government dictates,” to “save unlimited amounts in a health savings account,” to “buy insurance across state lines,” and to “join together in voluntary associations to gain the leverage of being part of a large insurance pool.”