MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul says the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) probably can’t be defeated or gotten rid of. And he’s suggesting there are few ways and little time for him and other congressional Republicans to stop it.
Speaking to reporters Saturday at a gathering of Michigan Republicans, the presidential prospect said Republicans in Congress could use votes on measures in the House and in the Senate to come up with compromise legislation that could make PPACA more palatable. Some provisions, Paul said, include removing caps on health savings account contributions or deductibles for health policies.
But the Kentucky Republican said time for that is running out before Oct. 1, the start of the 2014 fiscal year and the date that state insurance exchanges begin.
Paul said Republicans still expect members to fight the law, which national polls show only about a third of Americans support.