I’m considering putting “ObamaCare” to rest as a central reference. Now, it’s TrumpCare, the AHCA, instead of the lingering ACA. The GOP owns it now. And, now, they need to decide how to handle the matter. Rand Paul has some ideas:
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 scheduled vote on Thursday, Ryan will need to withdraw the bill and Republicans will have to start from scratch with a new bill and a new strategy on Obamacare.
Paul said in the in-person interview at his U.S. Senate office in the Russell Senate Office Building:
I think there’s easily 35 no votes right now so unless something happens in the next 24 hours, I would predict they pull the bill and start over. I think if conservatives stick together, they will have earned a seat at the table where real negotiation to make this bill an acceptable bill will happen. But it’s interesting what conservatives are doing to change the debate. We went from keeping the Obamacare taxes for a year—hundreds of billions of dollars—but they’re coming towards us because we’re standing firm. So we have to stick together, and if we do stick together there will be a real negotiation on this. The main goal I have is not to pass something that does not fix the situation. If a year from now, insurance rates and premiums are still going through the roof and it’s now a Republican plan it will be a disservice to the president and all of us if we pass something that doesn’t work.
There are choices: the ACA as is (failing); the AHCA (ACA-lite?); the previous repeal bill (vetoed by Obama, perhaps not by Trump?); complete socialized medicine (not popular but perhaps cheaper than the cobbled-together rat’s nest we have now), or; free market medicine (no longer in American vogue). Pick one, GOP.
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Trump was on the Hill this morning in an attempt to strong-arm support for the AHCA. Paul makes clear that may not have worked, at least not in the Senate. Still, pick one or the other. Ball’s in your court. It’s going to be the second or third choices or a hybrid, so get cracking.