Sen. Rand Paul took to Twitter and cable news to announce his displeasure with the GOP healthcare plan, and predicts that the more conservative members of Congress will not allow it to pass.
On Twitter, the libertarian-ish senator offered a beat-by-beat takedown of the House Republican bill, attacking it for keeping several elements of the Affordable Care Act intact, including subsidies for buying insurance (which would become a refundable tax credit in the House GOP plan) and the so-called "Cadillac Tax" on top notch insurance plans (that 40 percent tax on employer-sponsored health care plans worth more than $10,000 is supposed to take effect in 2020, but would be delayed until 2025 in the House GOP plan).
Paul has dubbed the GOP’s plan “ObamaCare Lite,” arguing in a Fox Newsop-ed on Monday that repeal and replace should be two separate processes.
"We own repeal. We ran on it. It is our idea. We have to pass it cleanly, now,” Paul wrote in the joint op-ed with Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who leads the far-right House Freedom Caucus.