The introduction of the GOP’s new healthcare bill has raised some definite ire among Republicans and Libertarians alike. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is one such politician who has now seen the bill and expressed his extreme dislike of it, calling the GOP plan “Obamacare Lite.”
According to The Hill, Paul is not letting Obamacare Lite happen without a fight, and he has allies. The libertarian leaning senator is teaming up with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to release their own bill to repeal Obamacare on Wednesday, and it’s highly similar to the one that Republicans voted for unanimously in 2015.
“We voted on this last year, and every Republican voted for it,” Paul said at a press conference alongside his House conservative colleagues. “That’s what we should do again.”
“You have to get rid of ObamaCare completely,” Jordan added.
Paul stated in an interview earlier today that this GOP bill “will not pass,” and that “conservatives aren’t gonna to take it.” However Paul and Jordan face an uphill struggle as GOP leadership, including that of President Donald Trump, seem to believe the bill to be a solid plan.
“We’re going to do something that’s great. And I am proud to support the replacement plan released by the House of Representatives,” Trump said of the bill. “It follows the guidelines I laid out in my congressional address. This will be a plan where you can choose your doctor and this will be a plan where you can choose your plan. And you know what the plan is. This is the plan.”
However, he believes that if there is one thing that will unite Republicans, it’s the repeal of Obamacare.
“There’s one thing that has united Republicans in when we won the House, in 2014 when we won the Senate, and in 2016 when we won the White House. This doesn’t divide Republicans, this brings us together, and that is complete repeal, clean repeal,” Paul said.