Rand Paul: GOP can do tax reform and repeal Obamacare simultaneously

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says that Republicans can work on tax reform and repeal and replace Obamacare at the same time, the Washington Examiner reports.

“I think legislators can walk and chew gum hopefully at the same time, so why don’t we do both? Why don’t we set up a special committee?” Paul told Eric Bolling on “The O’Reilly Factor” Friday night.

Paul says that the Trump administration should meet with the House Freedom Caucus, along with the White House and Senate leadership at the White House to bring forth a “continuing conversation” about overturning the Affordable Care Act.

“It doesn’t have to be at the breakneck pace that it has been the last three days, but let’s keep talking about it until we work it out,” Paul continued. “If we are going to talk about taxes simultaneously and move legislatively to that before we have the answer, so be it. But you can work both tracks, and whichever one comes to a resolution first, bring it to the floor for a vote.”

Paul also noted that he still has a “great deal of optimism” that the House and Senate will successfully repeal and replace Obamacare in a way that does justice to the American people.

“I think that President Trump’s been very open to many of our ideas. I just think we didn’t have enough time and we set an artificial deadline and instead of saying we’re going to work until we finally get this. I don’t see a reason why we can’t work next week, the week after, the week after, but we should work on repealing Obamacare and I’m going to continue to be for that as well as replacing it,” Paul concluded.

Paul says that he will be urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to endorse legislation allowing people to “join buying groups or co-ops.”

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