Senator warns of government programs creeping into healthcare bill
March 2, 2017
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul spoke eloquently on the ongoing issue of repealing and replacing Obamacare Wednesday, warning that the replacement legislation is at risk of being hijacked by government programs.
“People are trying to make it too elaborate now, and they’re adding in some government programs that I object to.” Paul noted in an interview with Fox News.
“We can be done in a week with repeal of Obamacare, if they’ll give us the repeal we voted previously.” Paul added, warning that it was this kind of tampering that doomed Obamacare to begin with.
“So, for example, if you give people back money that they did not pay in taxes, that is basically an entitlement program.” Paul explained.
“So, if you have a refundable tax credit, and you give everybody back money they did not pay in taxes, and you say we’re going to help you with your health insurance with that, how is that different than Obamacare subsidies?” the Senator added.
“We just call them tax credits instead of subsidies, but they’re the same thing. It’s government money, of which there’s a shortage of.” Paul urged.
Paul is adamant that the original repeal legislation, which he oversaw, is the only way to jettison Obamacare, and that the replacement of the program needs to be done separately.
“So I think there is agreement on the previous repeal, put that forward, and we’re done in ten minutes, I promise you. put forward the repeal we had that we all voted on. we’re done in ten minutes. The replacement can be done as a separate bill, and it’s going to require more consensus, and frankly it’s going to require Democrats to vote for. but many of the items that we have disagreement on, put them in a separate package and we’re done with. ” Paul said.
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