by SEAN MORAN
Senate Republicans shot down Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) clean Obamacare repeal bill on Wednesday.
Sen. Paul’s bill failed 45-55, seven moderate Republican senators voted against the clean repeal bill. The Senate continues to try to coalesce around an Obamacare repeal compromise bill.
Paul called the bill the “Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017.”
Sen. Paul consistently opposed the leadership’s healthcare bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA); the BCRA failed to pass through a procedural vote Tuesday night in the Senate. Paul offered his clean Obamacare repeal bill that would repeal large sections of Obamacare.
Sen. Paul wrote in an exclusive op-ed for Breitbart News:
This bill is a clean repeal – though only a partial repeal. Arcane Senate rules prevent a complete repeal from being considered today. So, this bill is just the beginning. This bill begins to unravel the nightmare of Obamacare.
Let me be very clear, large parts of Obamacare remain after this repeal bill today. What this bill does, though, is force both sides to come together to find a bipartisan solution during the two-year transition. The bill gives us a two-year window for both sides of the aisle to come together to discover how we can get MORE insurance for MORE people for LESS cost.
The Kentucky senator argued that even with Obamacare, 27 million Americans cannot obtain health insurance and that half of those citizens cannot get insured because it remains too expensive. Paul contends that Congress should change insurance regulations to allow small businesses, credit unions, and professional associations to create insurance pools that would increase coverage and lower costs. full story