Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has a secret weapon in his war on the Republican establishment. The weapon’s name is Donald Trump.
Paul ended the week by saying he had spoken with Trump and he agreed with the Kentucky Republican about repealing and replacing Obamacare simultaneously.
Trump said as much in his post-election interview with “60 Minutes.” Leslie Stahl asked Trump about the “millions of people” who could lose their health insurance coverage during the gap between Obamacare being repealed and replaced.
“No, we’re going to do it simultaneously,” Trump replied. “It’ll be just fine. We’re not going to have, like a two-day period and we’re not going to have a two-year period where there’s nothing. It will be repealed and replaced.”
Some Republicans in Congress have other ideas. It is not uncommon for a lawmaker to appeal to the authority of a president of his own party. Common cause between Paul and Trump seemed unlikely, however.