Paul Slams GOP Replacement Plan: It's 'Dead on Arrival' in Senate

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Mar 10, 2017 8:15 AM
Paul Slams GOP Replacement Plan: It's 'Dead on Arrival' in Senate

Sen. Rand Paul showed no signs of warming to the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan Thursday night during his appearance on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

The American Health Care Act is so bad that it “dead on arrival” in the Senate, he argued.

"It keeps the Obamacare taxes for a year," Paul told host Ed Henry. "Then [it] keeps the Cadillac tax forever; [it] keeps the Obamacare subsidies, but renames them tax credits; [it] keeps the individual mandate, but you don’t pay the government the penalty, you’ve got to pay the insurance company ... That's the very definition of Obamacare Lite."

Instead, Obamacare should be replaced with “market reforms,” he said, touting his own health care plan.

"You expand health savings accounts, and then you expand health care associations, these associations like co-ops or buying pools." 

He went on to argue that repeal has to happen first, echoing Sen. Tom Cotton, who on Thursday said House Republicans need to “start over.”

House Republicans "might as well just start over ... We’re going to have to separate repeal from replace,” Paul told Henry.