RAND PAUL OUT: “I didn’t run on replacing Obamacare with Obamacare-lite”

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Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said during an interview that Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is “irretrievably gone” on the American Health Care Act, The Hill reports. This puts the whip count at 51-49, just one vote away from Vice President Mike Pence being needed to break the tie.

In an editorial published on Rare this morning, Senator Paul declared, “I ran at the height of the rising Tea Party movement, and I promised to vote to repeal Obamacare. I didn’t promise to replace it with slightly less Obamacare. I promised to repeal it. Scolds from the House now say we ran on the Ryan plan to replace Obamacare with slightly less Obamacare. Not true!”

Paul continued, “I really think the voters believe we ran on repealing Obamacare. I pledged to replace Obamacare with the freedom to buy inexpensive insurance, to save tax free to help purchase healthcare, and to be free to join a group to get discounted health insurance. I most assuredly did not run on replacing Obamacare with Obamacare-lite.”

The AHCA was pulled from the House floor after the Freedom Caucus refused to support it. It was amended and then passed weeks later, with Thomas Massie (R-KY) still refusing to vote in favor of it.

The bill is in serious jeopardy as Ted Cruz (R-TX) said in March that the bill as written could not pass the Senate.

It is expected every Democrat will oppose the bill.