Rand Paul to Donald Trump: Singling Me out Just Emboldens Me
Wow. Earlier I pointed out that the real shock is not that Democrats hate Trumpcare-this was expected, but how many Republicans hate it.
The basic quandary is that the conservatives won’t accept anything that raises the deficit and moderates won’t accept anything that lowers the rate of the uninsured and Trumpcare does both.
Last night Trump singled out Rand Paul-who had been very critical of the bill in yesterday’s press conference with the Freedom Caucus.
I feel sure that my friend @RandPaul will come along with the new and great health care program because he knows Obamacare is a disaster!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 8, 2017
Well Rand Paul has an answer for Trump and it’s not one he’s going to like:
“Rand stands up to Trump on Obamacare.”
In a POLITICO interview, the Kentucky senator says the president’s move to single him out won’t work. ‘I feel emboldened.’
“Rand Paul is not backing down.”
“Hours after President Donald Trump exhorted the Kentucky senator to get behind his Obamacare replacement plan, Paul reiterated his opposition in an interview with POLITICO.”
“Republicans across the country are unified on repeal, not on replace,” Paul said Wednesday morning, after Trump singled him out in a tweet. The libertarian-leaning lawmaker insisted that Republicans should vote on standalone legislation to repeal the Democratic health care law, and then figure out what would replace it later. He said he told the president as much in a telephone conversation Monday.”
“The compromise that I … have represented to him is to separate the bill into two separate bills,” Paul said.
“Paul is more daring and has more influence than any other individual opponent of the GOP to emerge so far. GOP leaders have privately chafed at his unabashed attempts to stoke an intraparty war over Obamacare.”
“But the president’s targeting of Paul — the Louisville Courier-Journal reported that Trump plans to travel to Kentucky on Saturday, though the purpose of the trip is unclear — doesn’t seem to be working, at least not yet.”
“But Paul made clear he’s not about to reverse himself.”
“I don’t feel isolated by this. I actually feel emboldened,” Paul, who clashed at times with Trump during the Republican presidential primary last year, said of his reaction to the president’s attention.
“Paul read Trump’s tweet as a signal that the White House is “open to negotiation and that they realize that we have the numbers to stop the Obamacare-lite bill … They are concerned because every conservative I know has been called to the White House” to talk about Obamacare.”
This bill clearly has a lot of fans. Scott Sumner:
“As far as my overall reaction, Peter Suderman put it best:
In general, it’s not clear what problems this particular bill would actually solve.
“Cynics like Matt Yglesias will probably say something like, “It’s intended to solve the problem of America’s rich paying too much taxes.” I’d like to disagree with him, but the GOP bill doesn’t give me much ammunition.”
It’s not an economic problem but a political one. The GOP has demonized Obamacare for seven years-even though it’s identical to Romneycare and before that Nixoncare.
Rand Paul wants the ACA repeal bill they voted on 60 times. Of course, that bill was for when they knew it wouldn’t pass. This bill is a solution to the problem of the dog who caught the car.
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