A Republican proposal to repeal and replace ObamaCare would fail as soon as the Senate votes on it, and that’s what the Senate will do Thursday, according to a senior GOP senator who is leading a push to defeat it.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is the Senate’s top repeal opponent and a member of the Senate Budget Committee, which will hold a markup on the plan next week.
Paul said that Republicans need 50 votes to pass the bill, which has already failed to get 60 votes, and a simple majority in the Senate.
Paul’s bill would let states opt out of the Medicaid expansion.
He said that while he is in favor of the GOP’s repeal effort, he believes it needs a lot more support from the states to get to 50 votes.
“I think if the Senate gets 50, it’ll pass,” Paul said on CBS’s Face the Nation.
“It’ll pass with only one Republican senator opposed.
I’m hopeful that we’ll get 50.”
In a tweet, Paul said he wants to repeal ObamaCare without a replacement.
The Senate needs 50 votes in order to pass a repeal bill, but Paul said the plan will be dead on arrival if the vote fails.
The Senate will vote on the GOP plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, with the bill expected to be voted on by the full Senate on Thursday.
A vote on whether to proceed with a health care overhaul could come as early as Thursday morning.