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: Republican Replacement Bill is Just ‘Obamacare Lite’

Rand Paul outlined three reasons why he thinks the GOP healthcare replacement plan is just another version of Obamacare, The Daily Wire reports.

“I’ll give you three instances that are in the bill that we [conservatives] object to:

There’s a new entitlement program. So, if you don’t pay any taxes, they’re going to give you back taxpayer money–a significant amount–and it’s going to be based in its growth over time, its inflation, about five percent a year. That’s a new entitlement program…those are the tax credits. It’s just not a Republican type of idea. To me, it’s a Democrat idea they’re trying to dress in Republican clothing.
…They’re keeping the Cadillac Tax–they’re kind of renaming it, and making it a little bit different, but essentially, if you have really good insurance, they’re gonna tax it.
And then the third thing they’re doing is they’re keeping a form of the individual mandate. You remember everybody complained? All Republicans said: ‘Individual mandate [is] terrible.’ They’re keeping it, but instead of you paying a penalty to the government, you’re gonna have to be–and it’s a mandate, it’s a law–you’re gonna have to pay a penalty to the insurance company.”
When asked about his own plan for repeal and replacing Obamacare, Paul’s response was this:

“I have two proposals. One: clean repeal–and I think all conservatives will be on-board. We did this a year ago…and the same day, a separate vote on replacement. I wouldn’t put them together because there is some disagreement on replacement…”

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