Paul anticipates House health bill will fail in Congress ahead of Trump visit

03/20/2017 03:28 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, is perhaps the chief Republican critic of the House GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, and Monday Paul appeared at an event in Louisville speaking on the GOP plan ahead of a visit from President Trump.

Around 100 people were registered to attend Monday’s conversation with Paul at the St. Matthews Chamber of Commerce meeting in Louisville, where Paul bashed the GOP Affordable Care Act replacement plan and predicted its demise in the U.S. House of Representatives later this week.

“I don’t think they have the votes to pass it right now,” Paul told reporters. “If the conservatives stay solid then the bill will be, at least temporarily defeated, and then the real negotiations begin.”

“Conservatives will only have a seat at the table if they can stop the initial (House Speaker Paul) Ryan plan from going through,” he continued. “I think it’s important for Republicans to understand that once we pass something we will own it, and if it’s something that won’t work it’s a bad thing to own.”

The Bowling Green Republican told reporters after the event that he would not be staying in Kentucky on Monday to watch President Trump’s political rally, but rather he would be heading back to Washington D.C. to work with the coalition to defeat the president’s health bill.

“I do think ultimately we are on the same page in that we want a repeal of Obamacare,” he said speaking of Trump. “I think that there’s not unity on replacement though. With replacement some of us want more market oriented competition, choice — things to drive down prices. And then on their side well, we’ll give you half as much Obamacare.”

Paul bashed the GOP House plan as one that would fail both during and after his speech on Monday. In place of the Affordable Care Act, Paul is promoting his plan which would allow Americans to join association buying groups in an effort to reduce insurance premiums.

The Paul plan would also allow for repealing the mandates and would also expand health savings accounts.

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