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David Nather Jan 4, 2017
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Rand Paul becomes Democrats' favorite Republican after Obamacare op-ed

Democrats in Congress spent most of Wednesday quoting an op-ed Sen. Rand Paul wrote for Rare.

The former presidential candidate and former most interesting man in politics wrote that if Republicans don't replace the law at the same time that they repeal it, "the repealers risk assuming the blame for the continued unraveling of Obamacare."

Why it matters: Paul may not have the kind of megaphone he used to have, but he might encourage other Republicans, and not just the establishment types, to think about the practical dangers of repeal and delay.

QuoteYou will see an acceleration of adverse selection and ultimately mass bankruptcy of the healthcare insurance industry. - Rand Paul

He warned that crisis that "may eventually lead to calls for a taxpayer bailout of insurance companies."

What's next: Don't forget that Obamacare is popular in Kentucky, and even Trump voters don't necessarily want it to go away. Watch Mitch McConnell's next moves very closely.