President Trump calls Paul to negotiate health care bill

06/26/2017 03:02 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is one of five Senate Republicans in opposition to the Senate health care bill meant to replace the Affordable Care Act, and now President Trump wants to know how to bring the Kentucky Republican on board.

Paul along with several other Republicans say the bill does not do enough to lower health costs. The Bowling Green Republican told reporters in Louisville that the Senate bill would have the taxpayers propping up insurance companies.

Appearing in Louisville Monday morning Paul told Pure Politics that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other leadership has not been negotiating, so Trump has stepped in with a phone call over the weekend.

“We talked mostly about the health care bill, and what it would take to make the health care bill such that I would vote for it,” Paul said. “I told him if we can make it more repeal and less that we’re keeping Obamacare, and it has to be fiscally conservative.”

Paul also said he and Trump talked about “legalizing the sale of inexpensive insurance.”

Refusing to specifically characterize Trump’s reaction to Paul’s idea’s, Kentucky’s junior Senator said the president was open to some of the ideas.

“I encouraged him that he needs to also push leadership to negotiate,” Paul said. “We’re not getting a lot back from leadership. We have offered to negotiate … this has to be a negotiation or there won’t be any kind of bill.”

McConnell has set a deadline for a vote on the legislation for Friday before the Congressional recess. Currently McConnell can only lose two votes from the Republican caucus and still pass the legislation.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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