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Dems, Republicans scour Capitol Hill in search of elusive ACA replacement bill

Republican senator Rand Paul is in the midst of a controversy after stating it was "unacceptable" that he was not able to view the GOP's draft replacement bill for Obamacare.

Take it to the bank, GOP leaders are all but declaring: The House will vote to repeal and replace by the end of this month.

"I don't think this is the way the American process should work", the Kentucky Republican told a group of reporters.

The report claims Pauls' actions Thursday were seen by some unnamed folks as "an escalation of his opposition to the [Republican] party's healthcare plans".

Seven years ago, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) used a phrase Republicans loved in reference to the Affordable Care Act: "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy".

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.

In the wake of growing panic about credible threats from House and Senate conservatives to thwart plans for Obamacare "repeal-plus" legislation, the empire struck back with its own threats. They said Congress should fulfill their repeal promise to voters by reviving a 2015 effort that gained widespread consensus, before debating replacements separately.

Rep. Mark Meadows, North Carolina Republican and leading critic of the draft plan, this week had criticized the plan by saying it would tax the middle class "to give subsidies to others who could, indeed, be millionaires".

And the new plan would both eliminate Obamacare taxes, providing wealthy people with a tax break, and generate revenue "by capping the tax exemption" for insurance plans offered through a job "at the 90th percentile of current premiums".

It's nearly like they want to take away 20 million people's healthcare under the cover of darkness. Rand Paul railing against the methods in a tweetstorm.

When the committee met on the bill Thursday, Republican Sen. Sen. He said Republicans "are united and we are determined" to act. The Texas lawmaker, who praised Trump's address, also argued that the president's remarks involving tax credits did not equal legislative language.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell planned to huddle later Wednesday with his 52-member majority in the 100-member Senate to try to reach accord on a plan they all could support. A number of them joined what quickly became a hunt through the Capitol for the bill, with lawmakers trailing reporters as they poked their heads into random offices to see if they could find the bill. "They said, 'You have the wrong room'".

Paul says he's heard rumors of parts of Obamacare that he does not agree with being left in place like the "Cadillac Tax" and individual mandate. "That's the bill we're working on right now, that's the bill we're working on with the Trump administration".


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