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Sen. Rand Paul says he will only support 'clean repeal' of Obamacare

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Sen. Rand Paul speaks to Suburban Rotary Club Sen. Rand Paul speaks to Suburban Rotary Club

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants the Senate to move ahead with a vote on a Republican health care bill, even though no one is sure yet what version of the bill will be considered.

Paul said the only bill that he could support is a clean repeal of Obamacare.

“No guarantee that it wins, but I think we've already voted on that previously in the past," he said Monday following an appearance at the Suburban Rotary Club. "Why don't we start with that vote?”

Paul said he will not support the repeal and replace bill first pushed by his fellow Kentuckian, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He said it amounts to a $180 billion bailout for insurance companies.

The question remains: Will there be any bill for President Donald Trump to sign?

“Right now, we haven't been able to find agreement even among Republicans,” Paul said.

But Democratic State Sen. Gerald Neal (D-Louisville), who attended Paul's Rotary speech, claims the Republican confusion over health care is making matters worse.

“The uncertainty in this whole thing about 'everything is falling down, and it's getting ready to implode,' all of that is fueled by the fact that they have withdrawn support," Neal said. "They have created speculation in the marketplace."

Neal said Republicans should shelve their efforts to push through their own health care bill and work with Democrats to fix the problems with Obamacare.

“To figure out exactly what they can and what they need to do," Neal said. "What they're doing now is letting politics trump that outcome."

But Paul said repealing Obamacare, like he wants, may actually lead to a bipartisan health care effort.

“One way you would force that is if you repealed it and said it's going to be repealed completely in two years," Paul said. "I think that would force Republicans and Democrats to come together and try to fix it."

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