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Sun Jul 23, 2017, 01:34 PM

Latest Republican health bill 'a porkfest, a monstrosity', Rand Paul says

Source: The Guardian

Latest Republican health bill 'a porkfest, a monstrosity', Rand Paul says

• Kentucky senator says he will not vote for bill to proceed to debate this week
• Rightwinger Paul wants clean repeal of Affordable Care Act


Martin Pengelly
Sunday 23 July 2017 16.58 BST

Rand Paul, one of the conservative senators who has helped to hold up Republican healthcare reform, on Sunday derided the current Senate bill as a “monstrosity” and a “porkfest” and said he would not vote for it to proceed to debate this week.

With Donald Trump telling senators to stay in Washington until they have a replacement for Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), majority leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly looking to hold a vote to proceed to debate as early as Tuesday.

McConnell must attempt to win over conservatives such as Paul, of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, who oppose government intervention in the insurance market.

Moderates such as Susan Collins of Maine have expressed opposition to the bill in terms of its $800bn cuts to Medicaid, the government programme that supports the young, elderly, poor and infirm.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/23/senate-healthcare-republicans-rand-paul

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