The Kentucky senator has taken the opposite stance of congressional leadership every time they have tried to repeal the 2010 health care law.
President Trump on Friday morning expressed openness to the idea of fully repealing the Affordable Health Care Act in a tweet, throwing a wrench in the GOP’s plans to repeal and replace the law in one fell swoop.
If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2017
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a libertarian firebrand in the Senate GOP Caucus, retweeted the president and sent out one of his own:
I have spoken to @realDonaldTrump & Senate leadership about this and agree. Let's keep our word to repeal then work on replacing right away.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 30, 2017
It’s hard to imagine that moderates in the GOP caucus, who have been worried about the harshness of the current repeal-and-replace plan, would find more desirable a straight repeal that took away even more coverage from Americans.
The president’s desire to deliver on a core campaign promise is understandable, but Paul’s recent conversion to the repeal-then-replace plan is confusing, given his virulent opposition to the idea only a few months ago.
Paul unveiled his own repeal-and-replace plan in January, slamming Republicans for their initial inclination to repeal first and then replace. “There is no excuse for waiting to craft an alternative until after we repeal Obamacare,” he said.
Paul’s plan went absolutely nowhere, but Congressional Republicans eventually crafted their own, realistic simultaneous repeal-and-replace plan. However, the Kentucky senator now opposes simultaneous repeal-and-replace, as shown by his Friday morning tweet.
With his repeated efforts in galvanizing conservative opposition to any attempt at Obamacare repeal, Paul has done more to stop the Trump agenda than the ‘resistance’ ever could.
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