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The GOP offers an Amend and Replace for ObamaCare, the ACA. Rand Paul is in hot pursuit of a full repeal:

Though Ryan insisted Tuesday that he’d be able to get the 218 votes he needed to pass the bill in the House and McConnell optimistically predicted Senate passage, Paul’s army made clear that the bill didn’t go far enough to scale back former President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act.

Instead, Paul said lawmakers should first vote on the same repeal bill that passed Congress but was vetoed last year by Obama, then vote on competing replacement proposals from the Republican leadership and conservatives.

“We are united on repeal, but we are divided on replacement,” Paul said. “What’s the best way to get past this impasse? Let’s vote on what we voted on before: a clean repeal.”

If Paul’s coalition holds, it could doom the leadership’s replacement bill in both chambers.


Rand Paul / Twitter.

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio echoed Rand’s position:

On Wednesday’s Morning Joe, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said Congressional Republicans should introduce and vote on the “exact same” legislation that repeals Obamacare that was sent to President Obama when he held the presidency. Jordan called on his Republican brethren to “do what we told the voters we were going to do.”

“Let’s do this right and, more importantly, let’s do what we told the voters we were going to do,” Jordan said. “That’s why today I’ll be introducing legislation which just says clean repeal. Let’s vote on the exact same thing — 15 months ago, every single Republican in the House, every single Republican in the Senate voted on. We put it on President Obama’s desk.”

Jordan, like GOP Senator Rand Paul, said the current ‘repeal and replace’ legislation being touted by Speaker Paul Ryan is “Obamacare in a different form” and keeps some of the taxes from the original bill.

It almost makes sense: They were in the minority with a hostile President and they almost passed a full repeal. Now, in the majority and with a Chief Executive itching to sign off, they go soft. Almost. Smells like Republicans alright. And only Republicans could make something so simple into such a problem when confronting something so serious. Maybe Mitch and Paul should switch titles with Rand and Jim.

Better do something quick! The Russian moles are coming…