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Rand Paul says the GOP health-care bill is 'lit up like a Christmas tree full of billion-dollar ornaments'

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The Republican plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare is unlikely to succeed and would be far too expensive if it did, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said in an interiview on Fox News Sunday.

"The problem is I don't think we're getting anywhere with the bill we have," Paul said. "We're at an impasse. Every time you add more federal money, more spending for the big-government Republicans, it offends the conservatives," he continued. "So right now this bill — which is not a repeal — has become the kitchen sink. We have nearly $200 billion in insurance bailouts. Does anyone remember [Republicans] complaining that ObamaCare had insurance bailouts?"

"The bill is just being lit up like a Christmas tree full of billion-dollar ornaments," Paul added, pulling no punches in his critique of the plan proposed by his party's leadership. He proposed separating the current bill into two proposals, one to repeal ObamaCare and one to replace it. That approach would allow all Republican senators to support the repeal, Paul reasoned, while GOP and Democratic moderates could team up to pass replacement legislation.

Watch the full interview below. Bonnie Kristian