Everything seems to be going in the direction that conservative Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has been promoting. He has been a driving force in the healthcare debate for this whole year, and he told Breitbart News on Tuesday that he is pleased that the U.S. Senate is going to move forward to pass a partial repeal of Obamacare.
Rand Paul is one of four GOP Senators who publicly opposed the Republican health care bill that focused on both repealing and replacing Obamacare. His lack of support led to the eventual demise of the legislation.
In the midst of the Senate bill’s failure on Monday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump both publicly backed the idea that Paul has been pushing publicly for months. That idea is that Congress should pass a clean repeal of Obamacare now, the bill they did, in fact, pass in 2015. Then the Congress should worry about the replacement later. In 2015 when the repeal was passed it was, then President Obama vetoed the bill. President Trump will surely sign it this time.
“I’m encouraged that we’re moving towards a clean repeal,” Paul told Breitbart News. “I’ve been advocating for some time that an insurance company bailout is not what we should be voting on. So now we’ve gotten rid of the insurance company bailout, and we’re going to vote on what we voted on in 2015.
Then, Senator Rand Paul directly attacked the three GOP Senators that are holding out against a repeal.
It’s a partial repeal, I wish we were voting on full repeal, but this is a compromise I’m willing to make, and that is to vote on a partial repeal. It won’t fix everything, but it’s the very least they ought to do. Any senator who voted for this in 2015, if they’re not willing to vote for it they need to explain to the voters at home why they’re not for full repeal.”
Do you think it may be more than just Rand Paul who believed this would play out this way all along?