Rand Paul contended that “if we get what we have” from Ryan, “he will not have the votes” in the Senate. | AP Photo

Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday that Republicans lack sufficient votes to even begin “real” negotiations on House leaders’ Obamacare replacement plan.

“We are still in the pre-negotiation period,” the Kentucky Republican told host John Dickerson on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Paul, who has panned House Speaker Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act as “Obamacare-lite,” outlined the pathway toward legitimate negotiations with fellow Republicans.

“The real negotiation period comes — and I promise this is the way it’s going to work: We will get Obamacare-lite, Ryan’s plan, unless there’s enough conservatives in the House to say no,” he explained. “If there’s enough to say no, when they start voting on the rules of debate, if they…