Paul: Block grants can 'set up a perpetual food fight'

Paul: Block grants can 'set up a perpetual food fight'
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulWatchdog calls for probe into Gohmert 'disregarding public health guidance' on COVID-19 Massie plans to donate plasma after testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies After trillions in tax cuts for the rich, Republicans refuse to help struggling Americans MORE (R-Ky.), who has said he will vote against the GOP's latest ObamaCare repeal bill, said Sunday that converting health care funding into block grants to states sets up “a perpetual food fight.”

“Well I’ve always been a yes for repeal but the bill, unfortunately the Graham-Cassidy, basically keeps most of the ObamaCare spending,” Paul told NBC’s “Meet the Press,” referencing the legislation Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: Facebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in second quarter | Republicans introduce bill to defend universities against hackers targeting COVID-19 research | Facebook's Sandberg backs Harris as VP pick Republicans set sights on FBI chief as Russia probe investigations ramp up The Hill's 12:30 Report - Speculation over Biden's running mate announcement MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyDavis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump State aid emerges as major hurdle to reviving COVID-19 talks From a Republican donor to Senate GOP: Remove marriage penalty or risk alienating voters MORE (R-La.) are pushing.

“I think what it sets up is a perpetual food fight over the formula,” Paul said.

“I’m just not for this block granting concept because to me that is an affirmative vote that I’ve agreed to keep ObamaCare,” Paul later added.

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Paul has argued that the bill does not repeal enough of ObamaCare.

“Well they could remove the block grants from it and then we could vote on actually what we all agree on,” Paul said in the interview when pressed if he would ever vote for the bill, which is centered on block grants.

Paul also said he would have voted to block grant Medicaid funding in 2009.

“I would vote to block grant at pre-Obama levels,” he said.

Paul is one of several key GOP senators the White House hopes will support the latest effort to repeal the Obama-era health care law. White House director of legislative affairs Marc Short said earlier Sunday that he hopes Paul will back the bill.