According to ABC News, the vote by the United States Senate on the healthcare bill was postponed Saturday night by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Known as the “Better Care Act,” this bill is meant to replace ObamaCare as America’s health care law. As the report states, without McCain’s vote, the bill could be in jeopardy. The bill needs 50 of the 52 GOP senators to support it in order to advance. Two of those senators, namely Susan Collins and Rand Paul have both stated publicly that they are not in favor of a motion that would put the legislation up for debate on the floor.
Meanwhile, Rand Paul stated on Sunday that he does not believe McConnell has enough votes for the healthcare bill to pass. He added that the real issue with this fact is that the Republicans won the election because they had promised to get rid of Obama’s health care plan. But the new bill kept most of the taxes associated with ObamaCare, many of the regulations associated with it, and kept many of the subsidies. The new bill also creates a large fund for insurance bailouts, which Republicans have never been in favor of.
According to Paul, the Republicans need to repeal ObamaCare before going any further. He believes that the healthcare law can be replaced later on, but that it is vital to get rid of the one American has now. While word from the White House is that the president is open to that plan, many members of the Senate, including Republicans, are against it. Paul feels that if they cannot come to an agreement on the new law, that President Trump should just dump the old one and try to replace it at a later time. He adds that as many of the regulations, taxes, and mandates as possible should be repealed by the Republican party.
Paul does admit that although he is not in favor of the new bill, he feels that ObamaCare is “terrible.” He thinks that the crash of that law is taking the entire system with it, and that it will all continue to crash. Despite this belief, however, he still does not feel that the Republicans should agree to the terms of the new bill. He says if they do, “then we’re going to be blamed for the rest of the unwinding of ObamaCare. It’s a really bad political strategy and it’s not going to fix the problem.”
Ironically, McCain has also expressed that he is not pleased with the new healthcare bill. He gave a statement on Thursday during which the Republican Senator said, “The revised Senate health care bill released today does not include the measures I have been advocating for on behalf of the people of Arizona. That’s why if the Senate takes up this legislation, I intend to file amendments that would address the concerns raised by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and other leaders across our state about the bill’s impact on Arizona’s Medicaid system.”
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