RAND PAUL: POTUS TRUMP Considering Executive Action on Obamacare Repeal
After Republican Senators failed to pass even a ‘skinny’ version of an Obamacare repeal bill, Rand Paul reveals President Trump is considering executive action on healthcare.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he spoke to President Donald Trump by phone about healthcare reform on Monday and told the president he thought Trump had the authority to create associations that would allow organizations to offer group health insurance plans.
Paul, a Republican, told reporters that Trump was considering taking some form of executive action to address problems with the healthcare system after the Senate failed last week to pass a measure to reform the system.
Allowing groups like AARP, which represents retirees, to form health associations could enable individuals and small businesses to form larger groups to negotiate with health insurance companies for lower rates.
As The Gateway Pundit previously reported, following Senator John McCain’s vote that killed all prospects of repealing Obamacare, calls have begun for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to step down from his leadership post. In particular, Rep. Mo Brooks, running for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat in Alabama, is calling on McConnell to leave his post, branding the Kentucky Senator “Head of the Swamp.”
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Rep. Brooks joined CNN’s Chris Cuomo to blast McConnell, calling on him to step down after failing to repeal Obamacare.
The Hill reports:
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) is renewing his call for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kent.) to step down from his leadership role after the chamber rejected a scaled-back version of a GOP bill to repeal parts of ObamaCare.
“Unquestionably the leadership at the top is responsible. The buck stops there, that’s why you take on that kind of responsibility,” Brooks said. “And if Mitch McConnell cannot get the job done on this, how is he going to get the job done on the rest of President Trump’s agenda over the next three-and-a-half years? This is a killer.”
“It’s not necessarily anything bad about Mitch McConnell himself personally. But he’s got a job to do, and if he can’t do it then, as ‘The Apprentice’ would say, ‘you’re fired,’ get somebody who can.”
To be sure, it’s not the first time Brooks, who’s running for the Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and currently occupied by Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), has called for McConnell to step down from his leadership role.
He also raised the idea on Wednesday during a policy breakfast at the conservative Heritage Foundation, where he called McConnell the “head of the swamp.” The majority leader is supporting Strange’s Senate bid.
As The Gateway Pundit reported, the Senate blocked the latest attempt by the GOP to repeal Obamacare in a midnight vote, stalling one of President Trump’s main campaign promises.
Who were the three GOP lawmakers who blocked the bill? Never Trumper Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John McCain of Arizona in a 49-51 vote. After McCain gave his thumbs down and said ‘no’, gasps could be heard from the Democrat side of the aisle (McCain’s friends).
The Senate blocked the latest Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare in a dramatic floor vote early Friday morning, yet again stalling — for now — the key campaign goal that eludes the GOP six months into the Trump administration.
Three GOP votes — Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John McCain of Arizona — sank the measure in a 49-51 vote. McCain, who recently returned to the Senate after getting diagnosed with brain cancer, cast his “no” vote to audible gasps on the chamber’s floor, according to reporters there.
Senate Republicans released the plan late Thursday just hours before voting on an amendment to take up the bill.
Here are the provisions in the so-called skinny repeal bill, which the GOP titled the Health Care Freedom Act:
- It would repeal the individual mandate, which is the requirement that most Americans buy insurance or pay a penalty. The provision was intended to help control costs by encouraging younger, healthier people to enter the market. Republicans have said it forced people to buy plans they did not want.
- The bill would roll back the employer mandate, a similar provision that says large employers have to provide insurance for their workers.
- The plan would expand a program that allows states to waive certain provisions under Obamacare.
- It would suspend the medical device tax.
- The proposal would increase contribution limits for tax-free health savings accounts.
- It would defund women’s health provider Planned Parenthood for one year.
President Trump has repeatedly urged lawmakers to come together to get a functioning healthcare system in place since Obamacare is failing.