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 PaulLexington mayor launches bid for Congress Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics Meet the Iran hawk who could be Trump's next secretary of State 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 GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTax bill could fuel push for Medicare, Social Security cuts Collins to vote for GOP tax plan Overnight Tech: Lawmakers want answers on Uber breach | Justices divided in patent case | Tech makes plea for net neutrality on Cyber Monday 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 CollinsOvernight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids Study: ObamaCare bills backed by Collins would lower premiums Right scrambles GOP budget strategy MORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Week ahead: Trump expected to shrink two national monuments GOP on verge of opening Arctic refuge to drilling 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!"