Senate prepares to rush ACA replacement plan, Paul says process should be transparent

06/19/2017 04:49 PM

SHEPHERDSVILLE — Republicans in the U.S. Senate are working on a replacement to the Affordable Care Act, but the bill is not expected to take the normal process of open committee hearings before it reaches a floor vote.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the Senate will vote soon, much to the frustrations of Democrats and some Republicans, including Kentucky’s junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

“I’m not a huge fan of the way it’s unfolding,” Paul said, speaking to reporters in Kentucky about the process.

Paul, R-Kentucky, also said he had concerns that the Senate GOP replacement plan would not solve problems with the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Washington news outlet The Hill The hill reports that under the Senate version of the bill the expansion of Medicaid will be phased out, but that there’s a dispute between some members on the time frame to roll back the expansion.

In Kentucky the Medicaid expansion put in place by former Gov. Steve Beshear has dropped the uninsured rate dramatically. In 2013 the rate was 19 percent uninsured that fell to under 7 percent by 2015.

Spectrum News asked Paul about the plan to phase out expanded Medicaid, and he said essentially the government can’t afford current entitlements, much less expanded care.

“What I would say to the people of Kentucky is if everybody wants Medicaid expansion let’s have a vote, and right now our top income tax is 6 percent let’s double everybody’s income tax and then double everybody’s sales tax and then everybody can have expanded Medicaid,” Paul said — though he warned that might destroy business and the state economy.

The House GOP replacement plan was found to leave 23 million people uninsured, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. That bill was passed by the House and sent to the Senate.


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