Establishment RINO leader Mitch McConnell can only lose two Republicans in order to pass his Senate healthcare bill that is being marketed as repealing Obamacare.
Except it doesn’t — even the original architect of Obamacare, Jonathan Gruber, says so.
Shortly after details of the Senate health care bill became public, four leading conservative senators have issued a statement stating that they will not support the bill in its current form as it neither repeals Obamacare nor lowers healthcare costs:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) issued the following statement Thursday responding to the release of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017:
“Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor. There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current healthcare system but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their healthcare costs.”
Reporters caught up with Rand Paul on Thursday to ask about the Senate GOP deal and his lack of support for it. As you can see below, Sen. Paul said that he didn’t campaign on “Obamacare-Lite” and said that he could not support the bill in its current form.
“I don’t think there’s anybody in America that’s more against Obamacare than myself,” Sen. Paul told reporters when asked if he’s willing to vote against McConnell’s bill, which would result in keeping Obamacare as is.
“I’ve seen the ravages of it — I’ve traveled to 42 states running on the repeal of Obamacare. I just didn’t run on Obamacare-Lite. I didn’t run on allowing the death spiral of Obamacare to continue just to subsidize with taxpayer money.”