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Rand Paul: Conservatives are getting ‘squat’ from Senate leadership

Keren Carrion

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said early Tuesday that “conservatives are getting squat” from GOP leaders in negotiations to overhaul the nation’s healthcare system.

“There’s no promise of a clean repeal vote,” he said on “Fox & Friends. “If they’re not even going to talk with conservatives, if we’re going to be excluded from the process, conservatives don’t need to participate in this pork fest.”

Paul also said there’s “probably nobody in Congress more for repealing and replacing all of ObamaCare” than he is. 

“I campaigned on it … but what they’re putting forward isn’t repeal and it becomes a huge insurance bailout,” he said.

{mosads}Paul said he is willing to compromise but that he wants “at least assurance we’re going to have one vote on what conservatives promised, which was a clean repeal of Obamacare.” 

The Senate Republicans’ effort to repeal and replace Obamacare faces a key hurdle on Tuesday. 

Leadership plans to try to proceed to the House-passed healthcare bill, paving the way for action in the upper chamber.

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