GOP Health Plan: McConnell Supportive, Paul Opposes “Obamacare Lite”

Mar 7, 2017

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One Republican senator is already rallying opposition to the House GOP's new plan to replace President Barack Obama's health law. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky calls the plan "Obamacare Lite." 

Paul wrote in an email to supporters, “I won't stand for it. And neither should you." Paul asked supporters to click on a link to his political action committee, RandPAC, for donations and to sign a petition calling for a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare.

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is supporting the Republican bill. He said Tuesday on the Senate floor that the legislation is backed by the one person who can sign it into law - President Donald Trump.

The bill would limit future federal funding for Medicaid. It would also loosen rules for health plans directly purchased by individuals and scales back insurance subsidies.

House panels plan to move ahead on the legislation on Wednesday.