Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is one of the Republicans who has been holding fast to the GOP’s repeated promise for a full repeal of Obamacare. According to new reports, Rand Paul may have convinced President Trump that a full repeal with a replacement later is the way to go.
The Blaze has the story:
Rand Paul has reportedly convinced Trump to repeal Obamacare now, replace later
Despite Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) being one of a handful of Republican senators standing in the way of the GOP’s latest iteration of the Obamacare repeal bill, President Donald Trump is not angry.
In fact, Trump has actually been meeting with Paul in one-on-one meetings about the bill, a privilege not given to other Republican senators, who are reportedly angered by their exclusion.
According to Politico, the day before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pulled the GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill, Trump invited Paul to a personal meeting at the White House for some one-on-one time. Meanwhile, other Republicans were forced to meet with the president in groups.
While Paul is a “no” vote for the Obamacare replacement bill, Paul, along with his fellow Republicans resisting the bill, have said in the past that they are willing to negotiate. Paul has taken a hard stance against the current version of the GOP bill, which he believes will hasten the Affordable Care Act’s crash, or as Paul calls it, the “Obamacare death spiral.”
Rand Paul and Trump apparently have developed a good friendship:
This relationship is helping Paul and Trump see eye to eye on how to approach dealing with Obamacare. On June 29, Politico reported that Paul called for a repeal of the “bad crap in Obamacare that Democrats will never repeal,” and worry about a bi-partisan construction of a replacement bill for Obamacare down the road.
A day later, Trump tweeted out his desires that fell in line with Paul’s, and earned a retweet from the Kentucky senator.
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
This is eventually going to get done one way or the other.