"Sen. Paul told Fox News" Neil Cavuto last month, "I think the replacement plan that we've put forward is now the conservative plan, and the House Freedom Caucus has endorsed it".
In an impromptu press conference outside of House leadership's offices, Paul likened the move to hide the bill to Democrats' handling of Obamacare in 2009. "I'm working very, very hard to try to bring my colleagues together in both the Senate and House with the administration to fulfill the promise to the American people".
"There's a difference between tax credit and refundable credit", Paul told reporters Wednesday morning.
The strife came as House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., laid out a three-week timeline for the passage of health-care legislation in a closed-door meeting with fellow Republicans Thursday, according to numerous attendees.
Then with November's election giving them control of the presidency as well as both houses of Congress, they became the dog that caught the auto: It was easy to yell about how bad Obamacare was, when there was nothing they could really do about it, but now that repealing it would mean taking healthcare away from millions of people, and replacing it would be a tall and complicated task, the GOP has had to face up to the reality of the situation and figure out how they want to proceed. (Cruz is up for reelection next year and isn't about to thwart ObamaCare repeal against Trump's wishes, so he'll probably cave.) All of that being so, does Ryan end up caving and replacing the refundable tax credits that are (probably) in the new bill with non-refundable ones, available only to people who've paid some federal income tax? But numerous conservative lawmakers balked at the idea of handing tax credits to poorer people to buy insurance, derisively calling the plan "Obamacare Lite".
Republicans are scrambling to build consensus on how they will replace the Affordable Care Act.
Everywhere Hoyer goes, he finds staffers and aides who say that they haven't seen the bill and don't know where to find it. Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, was first on the scene of the supposed secret location. The bill is being worked on through the Energy and Commerce committee. "We are continuing to work on drafting and refining legislative language to provide relief from a failing law", wrote Rep. Greg Walden, who chairs the committee. This, he said, could also be the reason for the secrecy.
Paul was elected in 2010 as a Tea Party insurgent, winning the Republican primary against the handpicked selection of Majority Leader Sen.
Paul said he wanted the process from House leadership to be more transparent. "But the fact is we can only pass one bill and that's why it's so important that we be aligned with the House and the White House".
Relevant committees have said they aren't trying to hide anything, but rather fine-tune their legislation before it's held out for debate and amendments.
One of the biggest disadvantages to the current system can be the lack of portability of plans, tying some down to a job they no longer want or desire. Rand Paul, gallant knight of our Republic, attempted to gain access to the secret chamber where the bill was being kept.