Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) hasn't been shy about criticizing the House Republican health care plan for being “ObamaCare Lite,” but now he's coming forward with a solution.
According to The Hill, Sen. Paul introduced a bill on Thursday that closely resembles the 2015 Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill that Senate Republicans were able to pass along party lines. That bill was vetoed by President Barack Obama after successfully passing through both the House and the Senate.
By introducing the new bill, Paul hopes to repeal the ACA without immediately rushing to replace it. He argued in a written statement that Republicans are much more united on repeal, saying:
“The Republican Party is unified on Obamacare repeal. We can honor our promise right away by passing the same language we acted on in the last Congress."
Paul continued by pointing out that they could replace it later on, saying, “we can have a separate vote on replacement legislation that will deliver lower costs, better care, and greater access to the American people.”
According to The Blaze, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) introduced the same bill in the House of Representatives. He argued on Tuesday that the current GOP proposal to repeal and replace the ACA “will not pass.”
Sen. Paul gained media attention last week when he scoured the Capitol in attempt to gain access to the GOP health care proposal before it was officially introduced. Paul believed that the proposal would fall short of a true repeal, a suspicion that he confirmed after it was formally introduced.
While trying to find the bill last week, Paul explained why the issue is important, saying:
“We want to see the bill. We have many objections. We're here asking for a written copy of this because this should be an open and transparent process.
This is unacceptable. This is the biggest issue before Congress and the American people right now.”
The senator has also taken to Twitter in recent days to fully voice his displeasure with the new bill:
While Paul's proposal for a more complete repeal may be more popular than the current House bill, it's certainly not unanimous. According to the Hill, a group of centrist Republicans in the Senate want to lock in details of the replacement plan before voting on any repeal.
Due to the narrow 52-seat Republican majority in the Senate, any repeal plan needs near unanimous support among Republican senators in order to pass.