Republicans want to repeal Obamacare, but are they replacing it with Obamacare Lite?
So say Sen. Rand Paul and other conservatives, who are not happy with the plan to replace Obamacare that's being crafted -- some argue hidden -- by GOP House leaders.
A 106-page draft version of the leadership bill was leaked last week, providing more details into how the House would dismantle major provisions of the Affordable Care Act and what would come in its stead. A closely held update has circulated among a select few in recent days. Conservatives and Democrats have demanded to see the new version but have had little success in ferreting it out.In response, Paul has gone on a Twitter and media blitz, saying the bill does not accomplish Republicans' mission of repealing Obamacare. That's because many of the GOP replacement measures are too similar to the landmark health reform law.
"What we think is being hidden from conservatives is there's a lot of 'Obamacare Lite' in their bill," Paul said on CNN's "New Day" Friday. "There's a new entitlement program.... There is also a Cadillac tax or something similar to the Cadillac tax that was in Obamacare. And there's also an individual mandate, believe it or not. Instead of paying the mandate to the government, they're going to tell you you have to pay the mandate, by law, to an insurance company."
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