Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told Fox News that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't have the votes to pass the Senate health care bill in its current form. Part of the opposition it faces is from conservatives that consider the bill is to be Obamacare with a Republican label on it, or as Paul has called it, "Obamacare-lite."
Paul fears that moves made to fix the health care morass could be pushed out to eight years from now, at which time we may have a Democrat-majority House and Senate who just ignores or reverses them. Medicaid reform "goes out the window," he told Chris Wallace. "I'm not willing to trade Medicaid reform for an insurance company bailout."
Chris Salcedo agreed on today's "Chris Salcedo Show," noting that a current congress cannot bind a future congress. The $127 billion from Obamacare and $70 billion to insurance companies from “Obamacare Republican-style,” as Chris put it, is not going away. He referred to the amounts as the "insurance companies' extortion fund," to be paid for by Americans' grand kids.
Paul called instead for a “more narrow, cleaner repeal.” He suggested that big-government spending items be placed on a separate bill that Democrats can vote for and own. A clean repeal, he said, "is really the only thing we promised in the election."