Rand Paul: Trump Backs Plan To Repeal, Replace Obamacare Simultaneously

J. Scott Applewhite

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Friday that President-elect Donald Trump “fully supports” his plan to delay the repeal of Obamacare until a replacement plan is prepared.

The Kentucky senator claimed on Twitter that he received these assurances from Trump directly.

Paul this week said it would be a “huge mistake” for Congress to move forward with a quick repeal of the healthcare legislation that delays replacement until two years down the line. In a Wednesday appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” he said “repeal and delay” could lead to insurance company bankruptcies.

Other senators including Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Corker (R-TN) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) have also called for simultaneous repeal and replacement in recent days, while Lamar Alexander (R-TN) told TPM that the GOP conference should “listen carefully to Rand Paul.”

Republicans have yet to put forward any type of proposal for replacement, citing a lack of consensus on what it would look like.

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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