Republican Senator Rand Paul said in an exclusive interview on Tuesday for Breitbart News that House Speaker Paul Ryan’s “Obamacare 2.0” health bill has no chance to pass through the House on its Thursday scheduled vote.
Rand Paul predicted that the American Health Care Act, (AHCA) or Obamcare 2.0 as he likes to describe it will be pulled by Ryan as he will not be able to gather enough votes, despite President Trump’s call to Republicans to pass the healthcare bill or seal their fates, i.e. their jobs are on the line on the 2018 election if they fail to back GOP’s new healthcare act on Thursday.
Texas Republican Mike Conaway said:
“If we fail to get it done, fail to (meet) the promises made by all of us, including the president, then it could have a very detrimental effect to Republicans in ’18 who are running for re-election. If it fails, then there will be a lot of people looking for work in 2018.”
Senator Rand Paul dubbed the American Health Care Obamacare Lite or 2.0 and he is not the only Republican criticizing Ryan’s bill, not to mention the Democrats. Paul is a leading conservative critic when it comes to “RINO Care”, “Ryan Care” or “Obamacare 2.0”.
Rand Paul argues that since Ryan’s bill doesn’t actually fully repeal the Affordable Care Act and keeps in place many of of the structures installed in the healthcare system by Obamacare, “It shall not pass”.
There are numerous moderates and conservatives alike in the Republican party lining up against AHCA and according to Rand Paul, despite Ryan’s apparent confidence, he’ll never gather 216 votes required to pass the legislation.
There are at least 35 Republicans in the Senate who are not happy with AHCA and unless major changes will be made to the legislation prior to Thursday’s vote, Paul Ryan will be forced to withdraw AHCA and start from scratch with a new piece of legislation and a new plan on repealing Obamacare.
NBC confirms that there are at least 26 Republicans against the bill, with only 21 required to kill it, provided Democrats do not step in to support Paul Ryan. Truth be told, I’ve seen stranger things in my life, so I wouldn’t be surprised at all in that eventuality.
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