The Senator says that the Obamacare bill is being turned into a program of Republican entitlements.
When Donald Trump promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, he didn’t say anything about new Republican entitlements. But according to Rand Paul, that is what is happening in Congress. While the Democrats didn’t mind hurting people to get the Affordable Care Act funded, the Republicans are terrified of withdrawing the free government stuff from anyone.
The Hill reports, “Rand Paul denounces ‘new entitlements’ in emerging health bill.”
Paul denounced as “new entitlements” two core elements of the Republican bill in both the House and Senate: a refundable tax credit to help people buy insurance and a “stabilization fund” of money to help bring down premiums.
“I think we shouldn’t have new entitlements that will go on forever in a Republican plan to fix healthcare,” Paul told a small group of reporters. “We can’t pay for what we already have: Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.”
Asked if he would vote “no,” Paul said: “What I’m telling them is if they get to an impasse, come talk to me, because I’m more than willing to vote for a partial repeal if I can’t get complete repeal, but I’m not willing to vote for new Republican entitlement programs.”
Here’s an interview from a few days ago with Senator Paul. He is asked about the healthcare plan at about 1:35.