In an op-ed at Rare on Monday, Sen. Rand Paul explained why Republicans should repeal Obamacare, but also why it should be replaced.
On Friday, Sen. Paul said he had spoken to Donald Trump, and that the President-elect now supports his plan.
The Hill reported Friday, “The announcement comes as a growing number of Republican senators are expressing unease with the plan to move forward with repeal without a replacement plan immediately available.” ”
“If Trump comes out against repeal without a replacement, it could kill the plan’s chances in Congress,” noted The Hill.
Paul explained in his Rare op-ed Monday, “If Congress fails to vote on a replacement at the same time as repeal, the repealers risk assuming the blame for the continued unraveling of Obamacare. For mark my words, Obamacare will continue to unravel and wreak havoc for years to come.”
Sen. Paul’s replacement plan included the following:
What should we replace Obamacare with? Perhaps we should try freedom:
1. The freedom to choose inexpensive insurance free of government dictates.
2. The freedom to save unlimited amounts in a health savings account.
3. The freedom to buy insurance across state lines.
4. The freedom for all individuals to join together in voluntary associations to gain the leverage of being part of a large insurance pool.
Trump said of Obamacare in a Nov. 11 interview with 60 Minutes, “We’re going to do it simultaneously. It’ll be just fine. That’s what I do. I do a good job.”
Sen. Paul appeared on Morning Joe on Wednesday to discuss his repeal and replace plan.
Disclosure: I co-authored Rand Paul’s 2011 book The Tea Party Goes to Washington.