Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday said he and three other Republican senators oppose the healthcare reform legislation unveiled earlier in the day by GOP leaders, according to the Associated Press.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul says he and three other GOP senators oppose health bill as written, putting passage in jeopardy.
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“Today I join senators Lee, Johnson, and Cruz in opposition to the #HealthcareBill,” Sen. Paul tweeted.
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“Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor,” Sens. Paul, Cruz, Johnson, and Lee said in a joint statement.
“There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system, but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs.”
Johnson told reporters earlier in the day that he worried the Senate bill would do little to lower premiums.
“I don’t think there’s enough, probably, in there to bring down those premiums, which I think is a problem with both the House and maybe the Senate bill now,” he said.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said, “There are a lot of things that have to be worked out.”