Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a vociferous opponent of the House Republican healthcare reform plan, referring to it as “Obamacare light,” discusses the bill before a TV interview on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March, 15, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rand Paul condemns ‘new entitlements’ in GOP healthcare bill

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is criticizing the Senate GOP’s healthcare bill, strongly suggesting that he will vote against it unless changes are made.

Paul, arguably the strongest voice of opposition to the bill in Congress, takes issue with the “new entitlements” bought by a refundable tax credit and a “stabilization fund” of money that aim to bring down premiums and help individuals afford to purchase health insurance.

“I think we shouldn’t have new entitlements that will go on forever in a Republican plan to fix healthcare,” Paul said. “We can’t pay for what we already have: Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.”

When asked if he would be voting “no,” Paul gave a strong response.

“What I’m telling them is if they get to an impasse, come talk to me, because I’m more than willing to vote for a partial repeal if I can’t get complete repeal, but I’m not willing to vote for new Republican entitlement programs.”

“I think I would have preferred that it go through committee,” Paul said. “But they’ve chosen to do it the way they are and we’ll see. But the proof’s in the details when they finally get a bill out.”

According to The Hill, when Paul was asked if he would be bringing his photocopier would make another appearance, Paul smiled and said, “We’ll see.”

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