Rand Paul: Ryan, Trump giving ‘different impression’ on healthcare plan

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he’s getting different signals from President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on GOP leadership’s plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

“I got very much the impressions or sort of a different impression than I’m getting from Paul Ryan,” he said on Fox News Friday of his last phone call with Trump.

“Paul Ryan gave a 45-minute press conference in which he said, ‘The choices are binary,’” Paul continued. “By which he means you can either take what he’s offering or keep the status quo. I think from the president I’m hearing that he’s more open to negotiation.”

{mosads}Paul said Ryan’s current healthcare plan will never satisfy conservatives like himself.

“Conservatives across the land do not like Paul Ryan’s proposal because it is ObamaCare lite,” he said on “The O’Reilly Factor.” “We don’t like it.”

“It keeps the subsidies, keeps the taxes, keeps the mandate and actually has an insurance company bailout in it,” he added. “We never have liked it, ObamaCare is a disaster … But the only thing that’s really united us over time is repeal. And if ObamaCare lite is the replacement, conservatives aren’t going to accept it.”

Trump has made repealing and replacing ObamaCare a top priority of his administration, and House Republicans debuted the long-awaited legislation Monday.

Many conservatives quickly came out against the plan, while President Trump and top officials have offered praise. 

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