It was no secret that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) despised the health care bill that has been attributed to Speaker Paul Ryan, one that he dismissed as “ObamaCare Lite” and as a piece of legislation that was written by insurance companies. Now, Paul is poised to offer up his own solution to repealing and replacing Obamacare.
“I applaud House conservatives for keeping their word to the American people and standing up against Obamacare Lite,” Paul said in a statement. “I look forward to passing full repeal of Obamacare in the very near future.”
The statement also pointed to Paul’s health care solution, which he claims would give Americans access to cheap insurance without government dictates, allow them to save unlimited funds in tax-advantaged health savings accounts, buy insurance across state lines, and create voluntary associations that would allow people to form a larger insurance pool.
Paul’s approach also differs from RyanCare in that it would separate the “repeal” and “replace” components into two different pieces of legislation. Although such a gambit would prove a difficult sell to moderates due to the possibility of a healthcare vacuum, it would also give the GOP time to polish a possible replacement package.
RyanCare’s dismal failure has prompted lawmakers to shift their focus onto Neil Gorscuh’s Supreme Court nomination after their two-week recess, at which time they will also be tasked with avoiding a government shutdown, as the current continuing appropriations measure that is fueling the government will expire at the end of April.