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Sen. Rand Paul says his new proposal will reduce health care premiums

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The fight over health care has Kentucky's two senators on opposite sides of the fence.

Sen. Rand Paul said a change to the bill could get him closer to supporting the Republican leadership’s health care plan. At a Louisville event on Thursday, he said he wants to allow new health care partnerships that reach across state lines.

It would allow members of groups like the National Association of Realtors or AARP to pool together and negotiate healthcare plans on a national level.

“Can you imagine a health care association with five million workers going to the insurance company and saying, 'We want a lower price. We want it to cover preexisting conditions?'" Paul said.

Paul is one of a handful of Republicans not supporting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's health care bill. The bill backed by President Donald Trump has some of these changes, but Paul wants the measure expanded. 

The senator also spoke about splitting health care into two separate bills. One bill would repeal the legislation and another bill would replace it with a new system.

Paul said that will allow conservative Republicans to support repeal and Democrats to vote on replace.

“You put repeal over here, and it’s done probably just Republicans, but if it includes more government spending and it’s put on a government spending bill that Democrats traditionally vote for, I think both end up passing,” he said.

Paul said Trump is receptive to the idea, but he has not received any feedback yet from McConnell's office or the Republican leadership.

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