Paul 'worried' new ObamaCare repeal bill might pass

Paul 'worried' new ObamaCare repeal bill might pass
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul's neighbor sentenced to 30 days in prison over assault Dems best GOP as Scalise returns for annual charity baseball game The Hill's Morning Report — Can the economy help Republicans buck political history in 2018? MORE (R-Ky.) said he’s worried the latest attempt to repeal ObamaCare might pass, and the unintended consequences could be severe.

“There's a big groundswell of people pushing for this,” Paul told Reporters on Monday. “Two weeks ago, I’d have said zero [chance it’ll pass], but now I’m worried.”

Paul has called the bill from Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senator: Family separation policy 'inconsistent' with American values Trump’s trusted diplomat faces daunting task with North Korea Trump’s danger on North Korea? Raised expectations MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyDems seek to leverage ObamaCare fight for midterms GOP sen says Trump, Canada spat is like ‘a fight with your spouse’ HSAs expansion is a key to health care freedom MORE (R-La.) “Obamacare lite” and said he will not support it.

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“This does not look, smell or even sound like repeal,” Paul said. “I’m kind of surprised this has been resurrected because I don’t think it has been fully thought through.”

Paul voted in favor of the failed “skinny” ObamaCare repeal bill over the summer only after Senate leadership allowed a vote on an amendment that would have repealed the law in full.

“We already got what they considered to be the best repeal, so I don’t know that getting a vote on that would change my mind,” Paul said.

The Graham-Cassidy bill seeks to give more power to states by converting money currently spent on ObamaCare’s subsidies and Medicaid expansion into a block grant to states.

Paul said the bill exists “mostly to take money from four Democratic states and redistribute it to Republican states.”

The last-ditch effort by Senate Republicans seems to be gaining steam, suggesting lawmakers could face another vote on ending the former president’s signature law later this month.

If the bill were to come to the floor, Senate leaders would likely need to win over two of the three Republicans who voted "no" on the "skinny" bill — Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOvernight Energy: Spending bill targets Pruitt | Ryan not paying 'close attention' to Pruitt controversies | Yellowstone park chief learned of dismissal through press release Senate committee targets Pruitt scandals in spending bill GOP chairman seeks ‘sufficient’ funding for EPA watchdog office MORE (R-Alaska), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDHS secretary defends Trump administration's migrant policies White House faces growing outcry over migrant family policies GOP senators push for clarification on migrant family separations MORE (R-Maine) or John McCainJohn Sidney McCainDonald Trump is delivering on his promises and voters are noticing The Memo: Trump’s media game puts press on back foot Meghan McCain shreds Giuliani for calling Biden a 'mentally deficient idiot' MORE (R-Ariz.).