Rand Paul: Trump agrees with me on ObamaCare, Repeal & Replace on Same Day
(The Hill/Seipel) Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Friday that President-elect Donald Trumpagrees with his proposal to repeal and replace ObamaCare at the same time, rather than roll back the law with no plan to move forward.
“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.” Paul tweeted.
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
The announcement comes as a growing number of Republican senators are expressing unease with the plan to move forward with repeal without a replacement plan immediately available. Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have also expressed reservations. If Trump comes out against repeal without a replacement, it could kill the plan’s chances in Congress.
Paul wrote in an op-ed earlier this week that it would be “wise” to vote on a replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act as the law is repealed.
“If Congress fails to vote on a replacement at the same time as repeal, the repealers risk assuming the blame for the continued unraveling of Obamacare. For mark my words, Obamacare will continue to unravel and wreak havoc for years to come,” he wrote.
On Wednesday, Paul said he would vote against a budget resolution that paves the way for lawmakers to repeal ObamaCare because it is not balanced.
The Senate is expected to vote next week on a shell budget resolution that includes guidelines for repealing the Affordable Care Act.
He also told reporters that he would likely ultimately support ObamaCare repeal, even if it does not come with a replacement plan immediately.
Under the GOP repeal guidelines, four committees would have until late January to hand over their repeal proposals.