Rand Paul Notes 3 Reasons Why the Republican Replacement Bill is Just 'Obamacare Lite'
Appearing on Fox News Saturday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) detailed three reasons the Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) replacement bill that's been floating around is "Obamacare Lite," and why that's a bad thing:
"I'll give you three instances that are in the bill that we [conservatives] object to:
There's a new entitlement program. So, if you don't pay any taxes, they're going to give you back taxpayer money--a significant amount--and it's going to be based in its growth over time, its inflation, about five percent a year. That's a new entitlement program...those are the tax credits. It's just not a Republican type of idea. To me, it's a Democrat idea they're trying to dress in Republican clothing.
...They're keeping the Cadillac Tax--they're kind of renaming it, and making it a little bit different, but essentially, if you have really good insurance, they're gonna tax it.
And then the third thing they're doing is they're keeping a form of the individual mandate. You remember everybody complained? All Republicans said: 'Individual mandate [is] terrible.' They're keeping it, but instead of you paying a penalty to the government, you're gonna have to be--and it's a mandate, it's a law--you're gonna have to pay a penalty to the insurance company."
Paul was asked what he wants to do regarding repeal and replace, to which he replied:
"I have two proposals. One: clean repeal--and I think all conservatives will be on-board. We did this a year ago...and the same day, a separate vote on replacement. I wouldn't put them together because there is some disagreement on replacement..."
Here's another video in which Senator Paul speaks about the House bill: