Conservative Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday criticized the current Senate healthcare reform plan — but left open the chance he’d vote for a measure that’d be something less than a complete repeal of Obamacare.
In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” the Kentucky Republican asserted, "I've been telling leadership for months now that I will vote for a repeal and it doesn't have to be a 100 percent repeal.”
"For example, I'm for 100 percent repeal, that's what I want, but if you offer me a 90 percent repeal, I'd probably vote for it. I might vote for 80 percent repeal,” he said, adding: “If we go to a bill that is more repeal and less big government programs, yes, I'll consider partial repeal.”
He justified a partial repeal as meaning “more freedom. It means they have to legalize the sale of inexpensive insurance.”
Paul also criticized the Senate version of a repeal-and-replace bill that contains “Obamacare subsidies in this bill are actually greater under the Republican bill than they are under the current Obamcaare law."
"That is not anywhere close to repeal," he said.
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