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 PaulDem wins Kentucky state House seat in district Trump won by 49 points GOP's tax reform bait-and-switch will widen inequality Pentagon budget euphoria could be short-lived 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 GrahamCongress punts fight over Dreamers to March Pence tours Rio Grande between US and Mexico GOP looks for Plan B after failure of immigration measures MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTo lower prescription drug prices, fix existing drug discount programs Kimmel writer tweets amount NRA has given lawmakers in response to shooting prayers Overnight Regulation: Trump unveils budget | Sharp cuts proposed for EPA, HHS | Trump aims to speed environmental reviews | Officials propose repealing most of methane leak rule MORE (R-La.). 

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


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 Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand FCC to officially rescind net neutrality rules on Thursday MORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe siren of Baton Rouge Interior plan to use drilling funds for new projects met with skepticism The 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework 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!"