Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., left, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, prior to introducing McConnell's wife, Transportation Secretary-designate Elaine Chao at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson)

Rand Paul Discusses Possible Healthcare Compromise

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is proposing that Republicans leave Obamacare subsidies in place while spending less on them, The Hill reports.

Paul, who has strongly opposed Obamacare since the beginning, thinks the compromise could possibly gather the support needed to pass a repeal of the law.

Conservatives opposed last month’s House GOP bill because they argued that it’s refundable tax credits based on age, not income like Obamacare’s, were a “new entitlement.”

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Republican subsidies would only be half as much as ObamaCare’s by 2026.

Paul suggests that keeping the structure of the Obamacare subsidies would appeal to moderates, while spending less on them would appeal to conservatives.

“A compromise could be keeping some of those underlying things in ObamaCare … in order to placate people who want that,” Paul said on Monday.

Paul added that this way conservatives wouldn’t be “voting to create something they disagree with,” suggesting that the GOP start over with a new bill completely.

“When I talked to people, I still get a sense that the [Speaker Paul] Ryan [R-Wis.] bill was too big and had a lot of stuff that was objectionable to too many people,” Paul said.

According to Paul, his idea was brought up while golfing this weekend with President Trump.
“We talked about it quite a bit, and I think where they are is still trying to make it work with what they have,” Paul said.
“I’m trying to offer a different way in case we’re still at an impasse,” he concluded.

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