McConnell, Paul talk health care — just not with each other
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky -. While Republican efforts to get rid of the sentence of the United States Senate Health Care President Barack Obama, the two Kentucky senators traveling in the state to speak.
They do not speak.
Senator Rand Paul has emerged as one of the biggest obstacles to adopting the Republican response to the Affordable Care Act, adding another trick in his complex relationship with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Thursday McConnell publicly acknowledged for the first time that the Republican health care bill could fail due to opposition encouraged by a diverse group of GOP senators.
Hours later, Pablo reiterated his “no” while detailing a list of changes for journalists. He said President Donald Trump, who has won 118 of 120 counties in Kentucky, according to him.
“I spoke to the president about it. He was very receptive,” Paul told reporters after a closed-door meeting with the national restaurant groups. “We have received no comments from Senate Republican leaders.”
Paul and McConnell have a complicated history dating back to the United States Senate race in 2010. McConnell wanted to win former Secretary of State Trey Grayson.
But Paul won the primary and the election. Since then, McConnell carries the flag for the Republican establishment when Paul led the liberal wing of the party. His priorities have often clashed, and Paul was not shy about voting against his party leader.
However, both men also need each other politically. In 2014, with McConnell facing a democratic and well-funded primary challenge, some members of Paul’s campaign team set to work for McConnell’s re-election. McConnell returned the favor by supporting Paul’s presidential campaign.
Paul said one thing that could bring voting for the bill would allow people looking to buy health insurance in the individual market to join in having more influence on insurance companies. Kentucky already allows, but partnerships can not cross state borders and not all are qualified.
Paul wants to remove these restrictions. He said he would allow 37 million AARP members to buy health insurance as a group and give back powers to small business owners who often have a hard time finding insurance companies willing to sell them. In Kentucky, 59 of the 120 counties in the state have a single insurance company in the individual market.
“It does not require any mandate. There must be a liberalization of the law should be more freedom to let people join in across the lines of state,” Paul said.
McConnell said Thursday that he believes “any Republican pro-health associations plans,” but said the problem is that Senate rules will probably not allow the bill to be modified to include.
“What we are trying to do is a very complicated procedure,” he said. “I am in the individual’s position with the Rubik’s Cube, trying to turn the dial to get at least 50 members of the conference who can accept a version of repeal and replace at least as much as we can agree to do. A very timely issue that I am facing at the moment. “