Sen. Rand Paul, (R-Ky.) is expressing his frustrations after arguing that Republicans are trying to pass legislation that does not fully repeal Obamacare, Rare reports.
“I have been told that the House Obamacare bill is under lock & key, in a secure location, & not available for me or the public to view,” Paul said on Twitter Thursday.
“This is unacceptable,” he continued. “This is the biggest issue before Congress and the American people right now.”
Paul later tried to enter into a room that supposedly had the ACA bill, but was denied entry.
According to The Hill, Paul says he has “been told the House Republicans’ draft of the repeal bill is ‘take it or leave it.’ ‘I think that’s why it’s top secret,’ he said. ‘Why don’t they want us to see it? The only copy we’ve seen is from the media — does that sound to you backwards?’”
“We saw a leaked copy that the media was given that we weren’t given,” Paul said on Thursday. “Now we’re told that it’s being classified, that the hearing is like a security clearance hearing, you have to have a clearance and permission.”
Paul is advocating for a plan that fully repeals and replaces Obamacare and adds free-market based alternatives. His legislation has the support of the House Freedom Caucus, along with Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, behind him.
The legislation has also been introduced into the House by Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina.
Paul notes that both the House and Senate passed a repeal in 2015, stating that they “should keep their promises and bring them up again for a vote now.”
According to Politico, Paul, Cruz, and Lee could block any Obamacare proposal passed by the House if it does not get the job done.
“Republicans would likely need 50 of the 52 GOP senators to vote for a repeal-and-replace bill, so the trio could sink any proposal they dislike.”