The war over the repeal and replace of Obamacare is in full swing as conservatives and Republicans are at war over how who’s plan is better. Many are calling the current bill Obamacare lite and refuse to vote for the bill as is. Meanwhile, the President is meeting with conservatives and Republicans alike to work a deal, however, Paul Ryan is determined to keep the bill as is.
Over 70 representatives are against Ryan’s bill as well as many Republican senators. Senator Rand Paul in an interview with Breitbart news said Paul feels that Ryan mislead President Trump on how much support the current plan.
Here is what Senator Paul said to Breitbart News:
I don’t think it makes any sense and I think he’s trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the president. I think when I’ve spoken with president Trump, I think he agrees with me that we should repeal and replace but I don’t think he’s stuck on that they have to be in the same bill necessarily. Paul Ryan, I think, is selling it to the White House and telling the White House, ‘Oh, it’s a piece of cake, it’s a done deal.’ And I don’t think that’s an accurate depiction of things. I think from the very beginning combining repeal and replace in one bill makes it very hard because we have different ideas on replace. We are pretty much united on repeal, but we have different ideas on replace. If the House leadership had come forward and talked to conservatives beforehand, I think they would have found out there is a lot of disagreement and they would have just passed what we already passed—what everybody voted for—and we also have a debate on the same day on a variety of replacement strategies. We still could do that. And I think if the House Freedom Caucus and the Senate conservatives stay together, I still think that that’s one possible outcome. It would be better for all of us if we separated it out with clean repeal and had replacement as a separate bill.
Congressional aides have been leaking that there is no support for “Ryan Care” even outside the Freedom Caucus. On Thursday Senator Cruz met with the President and this weekend President Trump will be meeting with Rand Paul. President Trump is steadfast in repealing ACA and will do what it takes to get the job done. The question is will Paul Ryan be willing to play nice with the Freedom Caucus.