WTIMES by Tom Howell Jr. --
Sen. Rand Paul on Friday said conservatives are being told to “take
it or leave it” when it comes to the emerging House GOP plan to repeal
and replace Obamacare, setting up a major clash with leaders hoping to
mark up legislation as soon as next week.
Republicans are trying
to repeal and replace as much of the Affordable Care Act as they can
under a fast-track budget process that allows them to avoid a Democratic
Leaders have outlined a three-week timetable to get the legislation over to the Senate, where it must meet arcane budget rules and gather consensus among Republicans who hold a 52-seat majority.
Yet a trio of Senate
conservatives — Mr. Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of
Utah — have objected to the House GOP approach, on top of centrists who
are worried about unwinding Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid for the
poor or defunding Planned Parenthood over its abortion practice as part
of the draft plan.