Sen. Rand Paul talks about future of Health Care
Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., says he doesn't want to waste any time repealing and replacing Obamacare after President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on Friday.
"In fact I've put together a bill, a replacement bill, that we can vote on the same day and I hope Democrats will work with us because I think we should replace it with something better, " Senator Paul said.
But earlier this week when WKYT asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell if Senator Paul's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on the same day was possible, he seemed to shoot down the idea.
"Well that's not possible, legislatively but we do intend to replace it very soon," Senator McConnell, R-Ky., said.
"Well I disagree and we've had replacement bills out there for a number of years. We've been complaining for six years. Certainly we have legislation that could fix this," Senator Paul argued.
Paul says mom and pop businesses should not be punished trying to afford health care.
"I'd like that small mom and pop business join together with hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of people, in an association in order to get the leverage to lower prices but also to get insurance that can't be cancelled," Paul said.
When asked if he could assure Kentuckians on Obamacare that they would not fall through the cracks when a new health plan was put in place he said many already qualified for other options.
"A lot of these people actually qualified for Medicaid already so the interesting thing is they thought they were getting something new and they already qualified. My main point is we have to take care of those who can't take care of themselves. But it should be paid for," Paul said. "If we need to expand Medicaid every state needs to decide how much they're going to raise taxes to pay for Medicaid," Paul said.