Trump warns GOP lawmakers against voting down new ObamaCare repeal

Trump warns GOP lawmakers against voting down new ObamaCare repeal
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President Trump early Friday warned that any Republican lawmaker who votes against the new Senate GOP ObamaCare repeal bill will be known in "future political campaigns" as "the Republican who saved ObamaCare."

"Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Nation editor: Reaction by most of the media to Trump-Putin press conference 'is like mob violence' Lewandowski: Trump-Putin meeting advances goal of world peace Rand Paul to travel to Russia after downplaying election meddling MORE, or whoever votes against Hcare Bill, will forever (future political campaigns) be known as 'the Republican who saved ObamaCare.'"

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has firmly opposed the new ObamaCare repeal measure put forward by Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamKelly lobbied Republicans to rebuke Trump after Putin press conference: report Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Lawmakers pitch dueling plans for paid family leave New push to break deadlock on paid family leave MORE (R-La.). 

Paul on Tuesday criticized the new repeal bill as a "government boondoggle of a trillion dollars."

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The measure would repeal much of ObamaCare by converting funds for certain provisions, such as insurer subsidies and the Medicaid expansion, into block grants to states.

Eyes are also on Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 MORE (Alaska), both of whom voted against the last ObamaCare repeal measure and have yet to say whether they would vote in favor of the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Trump has railed against Republican lawmakers for failing to repeal ObamaCare, a longstanding GOP promise, despite having a majority in both chambers of Congress.

The president set his sights on Paul earlier this week, calling him a "negative force" in similar tweets early Thursday.

"Rand Paul is a friend of mine but he is such a negative force when it comes to fixing healthcare. Graham-Cassidy Bill is GREAT! Ends Ocare!" he tweeted.

"I hope Republican Senators will vote for Graham-Cassidy and fulfill their promise to Repeal & Replace ObamaCare. Money direct to States!"