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Paul: health care bill does not have the votes

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-TX) who last week described the revised Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) draft as even worse than the original proposal does not think Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has the votes to pass the latest version of the bill. Paul still supports the “repeal and replace” idea and for him the current proposal is still nowhere near a complete repeal of ObamaCare.

“This bill keeps most of the ObamaCare taxes, keeps most of the regulations, keeps most of the subsidies,” he said on Sunday. The senator for Texas also predicted that the proposal would not fix the “fundamental flaw” of ObamaCare.

Currently, Paul explained, the mandates push policy prices up. This encourages young, healthy individuals to wait until they fall ill to purchase coverage. As a result, the proportion of sick individuals in the insurance pool rises. This is the so-called ‘death spiral.’ The current proposal, Paul stressed, does not attempt to fix the ACA’s fundamental flaw. Instead, it throws money at it.

“We’re going to subsidize it. We’re going to dump billions of dollars into the insurance companies and say, ‘Please, charge less and try to counteract the death spiral.’ But the Republican plan does not fix the death spiral of ObamaCare: it simply subsidizes it,” he said.

Paul has made it clear in the past that he strongly opposes the $200-billion ‘temporary stabilization fund, which he describes as an “insurance bailout superfund,” because the idea of handing out taxpayers’ money to private enterprises does not sit well at all with him.

“It’s not a Republican idea to give taxpayers’ money to private industry that already makes $15 billion in profits,” he said on Sunday.

However, Paul remains hopeful that, if the current bill does not pass, the Republican senators can work on a proposal to repeal whole sections of ObamaCare.

“The one thing we should do is try to repeal as many of the taxes, as many of the regulations and as many of the mandates as we possibly can. I still think that the entire 52 of us could get together on a more narrow, clean repeal and I think it still can be done,” he said.

The Texas senator also described Sens. Cruz’s and Lee’s Consumer Freedom Agreement – which would enable insurers to offer low-cost health insurance policies as long as they also offer at least one plan which is in keeping with ObamaCare’s requirements – as “not a very Republican idea.”

“Cruz himself says that we’re going to have to increase government subsidies to insurance companies to stabilize prices [and his proposal] still retains the death spiral of ObamaCare so ultimately it won’t work,” he explained.

Paul also criticized the insurance companies who charge American citizens “through the roof” but refuse to pay “for the stuff that we need when we go to the doctor’s.”

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