Exclusive — Rand Paul: ‘Easily 35 No Votes’ Against Paul Ryan’s Obamacare 2.0, ‘I Would Predict They Pull Bill, Start Over’


Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News exclusively on Tuesday afternoon that he expects House Speaker Paul Ryan will be forced to pull the American Health Care Act (AHCA) before a scheduled Thursday vote because Ryan will not get the votes to pass the legislation. The AHCA has been dubbed “Obamacare Lite” by Paul — a leading conservative critic of the plan — and by other conservatives as “RyanCare,” “RINO-Care,” and “Obamacare 2.0,” since the bill does not actually fully repeal Obamacare and keeps many of the main structures that the now-former President Barack Obama installed in the healthcare system. It has come under intense scrutiny from both sides of the Republican Party — moderates and conservatives are lining up against the bill — and Ryan, despite publicly projecting confidence, cannot find the necessary 216 votes to pass the legislation. Paul, one of the leading senators out of more than a dozen Republicans in the upper chamber criticizing the bill there, told Breitbart News in this exclusive interview he believes there are at least 35 House Republicans ready to vote against the bill in its current form. And he predicted that, unless some major changes come to the legislation between now and the
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Rand Paul: I Don’t Believe Obamacare Lite Will Pass in the House


Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said he believed the proposed Republican health care legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare will not pass through the House of Representatives, at which point he hopes “there will be a real negotiation.” Partial transcript as follows: STEPHANOPOULOS: Have you convinced enough conservatives in the house to vote no? PAUL: I talked to the House Freedom Caucus leadership over the weekend. They still believe that the conservatives in their caucus don’t want Obamacare light. I believe the real negotiation begins when we stop them. You have to stop them. Conservatives will only have a seat at the table if we have 21 votes in the house or 3 of 4 in the senate. At that point, there will be a real negotiation. I passed out to them all ‘The Art of the Deal,’ last week. because we need to learn from the master. And let’s make sure that we increase our leverage by holding the line. STEPHANOPOULOS:  You don’t think it will pass? PAUL: I don’t believe so. Enough Conservatives do not want Obamacare light. I think that they do not fix the problem. This is the biggest political mistake of
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Rand Paul: I Don’t Believe Obamacare Lite Will Pass in the House


Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said he believed the proposed Republican health care legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare will not pass through the House of Representatives, at which point he hopes “there will be a real negotiation.” Partial transcript as follows: STEPHANOPOULOS: Have you convinced enough conservatives in the house to vote no? PAUL: I talked to the House Freedom Caucus leadership over the weekend. They still believe that the conservatives in their caucus don’t want Obamacare light. I believe the real negotiation begins when we stop them. You have to stop them. Conservatives will only have a seat at the table if we have 21 votes in the house or 3 of 4 in the senate. At that point, there will be a real negotiation. I passed out to them all ‘The Art of the Deal,’ last week. because we need to learn from the master. And let’s make sure that we increase our leverage by holding the line. STEPHANOPOULOS:  You don’t think it will pass? PAUL: I don’t believe so. Enough Conservatives do not want Obamacare light. I think that they do not fix the problem. This is the biggest political mistake of
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Rand Paul Fires Back at John McCain: ‘Past His Prime,’ ‘A Little Bit Unhinged’


Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reacted to comments from his colleague Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) a day earlier on the Senate floor accusing him of being an agent for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Paul had objected to a unanimous consent motion for legislation to advance Montenegro’s bid to join NATO, to which McCain had attacked Paul. In his “Morning Joe” appearance, Paul ripped McCain as being “past his prime” and “unhinged,” and then went on to argue questions about NATO deserved more consideration. You know, I think he makes a really, really strong case for term limits. I think maybe he’s past his prime; I think maybe he’s gotten a little bit unhinged.  I do think that when we talk about NATO, there can be a rational discussion about the pros and cons of expanding it. We currently have troops, combat troops, in about six nations. We have troops actively just stationed in probably a couple dozen others. We have a $20 trillion debt. And one of my favorite articles of the last couple years is one that talked about the angry McCains, and if they — if we put active troops and got involved in combat
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McCain: Rand Is ‘Working for Vladimir Putin’

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During a speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) stated that Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is “achieving the objectives of” and “working for” Vladimir Putin after Paul objected to a unanimous consent motion to advance a bill to advance Montenegro’s bid to join NATO. McCain said, “If there is objection, you are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin. You’re achieving the objectives of trying to dismember this small country that has already been the subject of [an] attempted coup. I have no idea why anyone would object to this, except that I will say, if they object, they are now carrying out the desires and ambitions of Vladimir Putin, and I do not say that lightly.” McCain then asked for unanimous consent to advance the bill, which Paul objected to. McCain then stated, “I note the senator from Kentucky leaving the floor without justification, or rather — or any rationale for the action that he has just taken. That is really remarkable, that a senator, blocking a treaty, that is supported by the overwhelming number, perhaps 98, at least, of his colleagues, would come to the floor, and object, and walk away, and walk away. The only
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Rand Paul on Obamacare Lite: There Is a ‘Separation Between’ Ryan, Trump


Sunday on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” while discussing the Republicans the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said there is a “separation between” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) and President Donald Trump. Paul said, “I think there is a separation between the two. I have talked to the president, I think three times on Obamacare and I hear from him he is willing to negotiate. You know what I hear from Paul Ryan ‘it is a binary choice, young man.’ But what is a binary choice, his way or the highway?” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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