As an ophthalmologist with 20 years of experience practicing medicine, Paul argued, “Premiums have never gone down. They're not going to go down after the Republican bill."
Paul added, "And it's a false, sort of over-promising to say, 'Oh, yes, insurance premiums are going to go down but we're keeping 10 of the 12 mandates that caused the prices to go up.' It's a foolish notion to promise something you can't provide.”
“What we can do is if they cannot get 50 votes, if they get to impasse, I've been telling leadership for months now I'll vote for a repeal," Paul said. "And it doesn't have to be 100 percent repeal. So, for example, I'm for 100 percent repeal, that's what I want. But if you offer me 90 percent repeal, I'd probably would vote it. I might vote for 80 percent repeal.”
Paul also proposed whittling down the current version of the bill to areas where Republicans have agreement, and tackling contentious issues later down the road.
“If there's dissent on Medicaid, why don't we come back in six months and say, you know what, let's work with Democrats,” Paul said. “I think there's a bill that all 52 Republicans agree on if they keep narrowing the focus.”
As conservatives like Paul on the right say the bill doesn’t do enough to repeal Obamacare, moderates like Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, express concerns that the bill put forward by senior leadership would harm the nation’s most vulnerable.
“Based on what I've seen, given the inflation rate that would be applied in the outer years to the Medicaid program, the Senate bill is going to have more impact on the Medicaid program than even the House bill,” she said.