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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Rand Paul: With Ryan’s Obamacare Lite Premiums Will Continue to Rise

Sunday on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” while discussing the Republicans the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act dubbed Obamacare, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) proposal was “Obamacare lite” and that will cause premiums to continue to rise. Paul said, “I think it is basically Obamacare light. It keeps the subsidies, keeps the taxings for a year, then keeps the Cadillac tax forever, the tax on good insurance. It keeps the individual mandate, interestingly, Republicans have complained for years and we didn’t like the government was going to make you pay a meant, well now instead of paying the penalty to the government you pay the meant to the insurance industry. There is also in the insurance industries, the one primary thing that is wrong with Obamacare, this is what everybody, is that premiums are rising and — through the roof, soaring in the individual market. That will happen under the Ryan plan as well because it does nothing to fix the fundamental problem.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Rand: WH Trying to Cajole and Woo Conservatives ‘To Give In’ on Obamacare Replacement

On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) stated that ” very conservative that’s come out publicly opposed to” the current Obamacare replacement “has been called by the White House and is being cajoled and wooed by the White House to give in,” because “I think the White House, the administration, and the president understands that there’s enough conservatives that they can’t pass Obamacare lite.” Rand reiterated his prior criticism that the current replacement is “Obamacare lite, keeps subsidies, keeps taxes, actually keeps an individual mandate, and bails out the insurance companies.” Rand then touted his replacement plan as one that eliminates mandates, allows expansions of health savings accounts, and allows individuals to join groups to get cheaper insurance and guaranteed issue through the free market. He further said that his replacement doesn’t deal with Medicaid expansion, and that issue should be addressed in a repeal vote, but that he’s open to a separate vote on Medicaid expansion. Later on, Rand said, “I think the White House, the administration, and the president understands that there’s enough conservatives that they can’t pass Obamacare lite. That’s why, this week, what’s going on behind the scenes is a charm offensive. Every conservative that’s
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