US Republican Senator Rand Paul has said he doesn’t think his party has the votes to pass the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill.
Paul, a vocal critic of the Republican healthcare plan, said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday that Republicans won elections on their promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, the signature health insurance achievement of former President Barack Obama, which covers some 20 million Americans.
But, he said they are unlikely to dismantle the Obamacare law.
He said the Republican “bill keeps most of the Obamacare taxes, keeps most of the regulations, keeps most of the subsidies,” he said.
“And creates something that Republicans have never been for, and that’s a giant insurance bailout superfund,” he added.
Paul also suggested that Republicans should first repeal and later replace Obamacare.