Rand Paul: Split GOP healthcare bill in two if this bill fails

Rand Paul: Split GOP healthcare bill in two if this bill fails
© Greg Nash

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program MORE (R-Ky.) on Thursday said he thinks lawmakers should separate the repeal and replace bills if the Senate's healthcare bill fails.

"I think if this bill fails, which I think there's still a chance it will fail, then our backup plan should be, divide the bills in two," Paul said on "Fox & Friends."

"Let's have a clean repeal — what we promised the American people — clean repeal of ObamaCare and if the big government Republicans want to spend a lot of money, they can work with Democrats on a separate bill that spends money."

Paul has been a vocal critic of the Senate GOP's healthcare bill.

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Earlier this week, he said he would likely oppose the revised Senate healthcare bill expected to be released Thursday.

In an op-ed Wednesday in Breitbart, he said the Senate healthcare bill does not repeal ObamaCare.

President Trump last month floated the idea of first repealing and then replacing ObamaCare if Republicans can't agree on legislation.

Other senators have also pushed for pursuing a clean repeal and then replacing the former president's signature healthcare legislation.