Sen. Rand Paul responded this morning after being branded by New York magazine as the "most loyal stooge" of President Donald Trump. 

In an article yesterday, Jonathan Chait wrote that Paul has "attached himself to Trump" and refused to support an investigation into Trump's alleged ties to Russia. 

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Paul said on "Fox & Friends" that the evidence is actually "quite to the contrary," arguing that he's one of the most independent senators in D.C., working with Democrats and Republicans. 

"Haters are gonna hate. ... If I like what the president is doing - and I think a lot of what he's doing is good - I'm happy to support it. I'm not embarrassed to support conservative policies," said the Kentucky Republican, noting that he was the only Republican senator to oppose the budget. 

The conversation then turned to the GOP effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare, including agreeing on a plan to put forward. Steve Doocy asked about criticism from the left and right about the delay from Republicans in putting forward a new plan. 

Charles Krauthammer said last night that the angry response at GOP lawmakers' town hall events is coming from the uncertainty and fear by Americans that they'll lose their health insurance.

Paul said he has put forward a plan and most of the aspects have been around for 20-30 years. He said at least half of his replacement plan comes from prior legislation put forth by former Rep. Tom Price, who is now Health and Human Services Secretary. 

He said under his plan, individuals would be allowed to join an insurance "association," creating less expensive insurance and preventing them from being dropped from their coverage. 

Watch the interview above and read more about Paul's proposal, here.

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