Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulPaul says president likely has authority to pardon himself Paul still supports repealing, replacing ObamaCare at the same time Trump’s DOJ gears up for crackdown on marijuana MORE (R-Ky.) on Sunday said he still supports repealing and replacing ObamaCare at the same time.
During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Paul was asked about his comments earlier this year, when he said it would be a mistake for Republicans not to vote for replacement on the same day as repeal.
“I still like that guy from January and I still agree with him,” Paul said about his past comments.
“Really, I’ve always been talking about replace at the same time. The problem is, Republicans can’t seem to agree on what replacement means.”
Paul said he thought Republicans agreed on what replacement meant, but found out many didn’t.
“If we could do both at the same time, absolutely I’m still for that,” he said. “I can even say you can do it in separate bills. I’m looking for a way to get this done.”
Paul also expressed disappointment in some of his fellow Senate Republicans for their positions on healthcare.
“What disappoints me about Senate Republicans, they seem to have insufficient confidence in what made America great,” he said.
“What made America great were not insurance regulations, insurance stabilization funds. What made us great was leaving people free to trade with each other, not regulating trade, getting the government out of it.”
Paul has been a strong critic of the Senate GOP’s healthcare proposal and has pushed for a clean repeal of ObamaCare.