Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul promised the healthcare plan proposed by House GOP leadership would not pass the Senate and become law because it’s just “Obamacare lite,” the Washington Examiner reported.
Paul told Fox News he has serious problems with the plan, especially the replacement for the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. Paul said there will still be a mandate, of sorts, in the bill but instead of paying the government a penalty for backing out of a health insurance plan that payment would go to private insurance companies.
“This is, in all likelihood, unconstitutional and could destroy the whole repeal program,” he said.
The taxes under the Affordable Care Act stay in place for another year, the individual mandate is still there but in a different form and the so-called “Cadillac tax,” a 40 percent tax on employer-based healthcare plans with more than $10,200 premiums, stays in place forever, he said.