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Will the Swamp Defeat ObamaCare Repeal?

Will the Swamp Defeat ObamaCare Repeal?

By heather_d
By Senator Rand Paul, originally posted by This week, the Senate will likely move to proceed on a bill to repeal and maybe repeal/replace Obamacare. Thats what weve been told. What bill? Good question. Remember that when you hear the clamoring of voices saying you have to vote to proceed to the bill or worse you just have to be part of the team and vote for it! Thats the kind of thinking that got us into this mess and I wont be a part of it. Lets take the first possibility that we are voting to repeal ObamaCare. Thats what I ran on. Thats what every current Republican member of the Senate except one voted on in 2015. CLEAN repeal, no bailouts, no taxes left in place. Its not perfect. Its not full repeal of ObamaCare, partially because a complete repeal isnt possible under Senate rules without Democrat cooperation, something we are not going to have. But its good. Its clean. It puts us a long way toward keeping our campaign promises, without adding insurance bailouts and massive subsidies. So if thats what our leadership finally decides to move to first next week, Ill vote to proceed to the debate, and Ill vote for repeal. What is the alternative? A pork-laden bailout bill that doesnt repeal ObamaCare. Thats the current Senate leadership bill. The bill fails at its mission to repeal by leaving most of the ObamaCare taxes and regulations in place, while also loading us up with $200 billion in bailouts for rich insurance companies, whove seen their profits double under ObamaCare. I wont be a part of that. I wont vote for it, and if thats the bill the leadership intends to turn to, I wont vote to proceed to the floor. Its that simple. I have been clear on this all along. Ive told the White House and the Senate leaders what has to happen to earn my vote on the replacement bill, and though I credit the White House and the president for listening, I have been met with stunning silence in the Senate. I dont think the leadership bill should pass. I dont think it would pass. So lets not do that this week. Lets bring up the 2015 clean repeal bill and keep our word. It includes a two-year winding down of the subsidies and Medicaid expansion to help planning and transitions. I hope my colleagues will join me in this dual path support this clean repeal and oppose the bailouts and fake repeal that come with the leadership bill. So far though, Im not encouraged. Multiple senators who voted to repeal in 2015 seem to be going back on their vote and their promises to repeal. This vote should be simple for any senator. If you voted for it when President Obama was in office, you should vote for it again with President Trump ready to sign it. If you dont, what does that say about you? Finally, I hope many of my colleagues move forward with a different attitude when considering these alternatives. Listening to many of them in meetings over the last few weeks has been disheartening to say the least. One colleague said: I dont think the federal government has any role in health insurance, none. But Im going to vote for this because Im on the team. Another said: This is a terrible bill. Terrible. It doesnt repeal or solve any problems. But its what weve got and Im going to vote for it. I could go on, as there were many variations of this: The bill is wrong. It doesnt fix anything, but I guess we have to do it so we dont look bad. I think THAT is what would make us look bad if we vote for a bad bill just to say we did something. Ive told my colleagues: I try to be part of the team. But my team promised to actually repeal ObamaCare over and over again at election time. My team voted for the 2015 clean repeal bill and told the American people theyd do that if they got the White House. My team did not promise $200 billion insurance bailouts or continuing ObamaCare taxes and regulations. So if my team remembers what theyve said and what theyre supposed to stand for count me in. But if they continue not to, Ill be a hell no.

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