Gardner talks preferences for repeal & replace Obamacare

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The House GOP has been keeping its draft Obamacare replacement plan under lock and key.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky went on a Capitol Hill scavenger hunt Thursday.

Just how far was Paul willing to go in his quixotic legislative transparency quest?

Here are some tweets from Paul and reporters on the scene.

House Speaker Paul Ryan wants an ACA repeal bill passed as early as next week and eyes having Congress pass it through the expedited budget reconciliation process on a party-line vote before Congress adjourns for the Easter holiday. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX) and the other Democrats who sit with him on the House Ways and Means Committee have issued a letter to committee chair Rep. Kevin Brady (TX) asking him to hold hearings on any ACA repeal plans first, before a committee markup on a bill takes place.

Very conservative congressional Republicans oppose refundable tax credits that exceed what people have paid in income tax; they decry these as a new entitlement.

Usually, when Republicans talk about "secret plans", they're lying. For instance, during the 2016 campaign former Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) slammed Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) for including a refundable tax credit in his plan, lobbing claims similar to what conservatives are wielding now against that sort of proposal.

Ted Cruz, both of whom have said they can't support the draft House healthcare bill. Rand Paul said after going from room to room in the Capitol to find it.

"The whole point of yesterday's meeting was so members could hear about the bill and to make their suggestions about it while there's still time to make substantial changes".

"This should be an open and transparent process", Paul said Thursday following his search.

Center for American Progress Vice President for Health Policy Topher Spiro said Friday that "the leaked basement bill is pretty much the same as the previous leaked bill".

Millions of people are going to lose their health care when subsidies are replaced by tax credits, and the Medicaid expansion is halted.

Following a chaotic day attempting to locate a copy of the House GOP's Obamacare replacement bill, Sen. "That's the bill we're working on right now, that's the bill we're working on with the Trump administration".

Paul said he's advocating a "clean repeal" of Obamacare. But rather than forcing Americans to buy medical insurance or pay a penalty if they do not, Trump said a new law should send tax credits to Americans to help them buy their own insurance policies, ones they want rather than ones he said have been "forced on them by our government". Leading Republicans scrambled earlier this week after Republican Study Committee chair Mark Walker (R-N.C.) ripped apart the leaked copy, though Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise later clarified that the released copy was old, dating back to roughly February 10, and that it wasn't the one the GOP was presently working off of.

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