Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has stressed that there needs to be a same-day repeal and replace approach to Obamacare.
On Sunday, he also announced plans to unveil a replacement plan to decrease healthcare costs.
“We’ve had six years to complain and we have complained — I’ve been one of those complaining about Obamacare,” said Paul to CNN‘s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “The replacement bill that we put together, our goal is to insure the most amount of people, give access to the most amount of people, at least the amount of cost.”
GOP leaders have been struggling to determine the right time to repeal and replace Obamacare, but Paul is pointing out that there are already alternatives out there.
“I completely disagree with those who say we either don’t have a plan or have to wait,” said Paul to CNN‘s Wolf Blitzer on Monday. “There are about 50 replacement bills that have been out there for years.”
Paul has a plan already in the works and argues that one of the reasons Obamacare failed is because insurers were forced to offer more robust plans, making the prices much higher and anything but affordable.
“One of the key reforms that we will do is, we’re going to legalize the sale of inexpensive insurance,” said Paul. “That means getting rid of the Obamacare mandates on what you can buy. We are going to help people save through health savings accounts, as well as a tax credit.”
Although the plans previously offered less coverage, more consumers saw these options more than adequate for their needs.
Paul’s program would allow individuals and small businesses create their own markets.
“There’s no reason why (a business owner) with four employees shouldn’t be able to join with hundreds and hundreds of other businesses that are small to become a large entity to get leverage to bring your prices down,” said Paul to CNN’s Tapper.
He also said that these plans would be guaranteed and not canceled if an individual on the plan gets sick.
However, the issue of Medicaid was also addressed.
“That’s the big question,” said Paul. “And I don’t think that’s going to be in the replacement aspect. I think that’s going to be in the repeal aspect.”
To continue or expand with the Medicaid options is to be determined during a budget reconciliation vote, which to pass requires simple majority.
“The vast majority of people that got insurance under President Obama’s Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, got it through Medicaid,” said Paul. “What we have to decide is what can be kept and what can’t be kept. And that’s going to be part of repeal.”
He also said the current system was sold through “deceitfulness” by the Obama administration where the public was told the government could afford to cover the cost of the program.
“So I’d say that if you want to have more Medicaid you should say we’re going to have to have higher taxes to pay for it,” said Paul.
Author’s note: Paul seems to have the right idea, it’s time to cut the bleeding and repeal Obamacare and immediately introduce a healthcare solution already available.
On an entirely different matter, Paul said he plans to vote for Trump’s nominee Rex Tillerson for secretary of state.