Paul, Cassidy tweet back and forth on ObamaCare repeal bill

Paul, Cassidy tweet back and forth on ObamaCare repeal bill
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCivil rights group marks MLK Day with call for 'Trump card' national ID Pressure mounts for Trump to reconsider Syria withdrawal House Republicans call for moving State of the Union to Senate chamber MORE (R-Ky.) on Friday shot down an attempt by Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyMnuchin meets with Senate GOP to shore up ranks on Russia sanctions vote Trump on declaring national emergency: 'Not going to do it so fast' Acosta mocked for border reporting: 'Exactly – walls work!' MORE (R-La.) to win over his support for a last-ditch plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, arguing that the measure keeps too much of former President Obama's signature health care law.

In a brief exchange on Twitter that began with Paul accusing Cassidy's measure of being "Obamacare Lite," Cassidy argued that the bill would repeal the Affordable Care Act's "entire architecture," and offered to go over the legislation with the Kentucky senator.

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"No thanks," Paul replied in another tweet, asserting that the measure would preserve the vast majority of ObamaCare's taxes and spending. 

 

The exchange came as Cassidy and the bill's co-sponsors — Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Barr’s first task as AG: Look at former FBI leaders’ conduct Debate builds over making Mueller report public MORE (R-S.C), Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerTrump’s shifting Cabinet to introduce new faces Trump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 Progressive strategist says changing demographics will help Dems MORE (R-Nev.) and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonCongress sends bill renewing anti-terrorism program to Trump The Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress Hillicon Valley: Republicans demand answers from mobile carriers on data practices | Top carriers to stop selling location data | DOJ probing Huawei | T-Mobile execs stayed at Trump hotel as merger awaited approval MORE (R-Wis.) — scramble to round up the 50 votes needed to pass the legislation before a Sept. 30 procedural deadline, after which Republicans will need 60 votes to avoid a Democratic filibuster.

Paul announced earlier Friday that he would not support the measure. 

The legislation would end ObamaCare funding to insurance companies for low-income patients and the Medicaid expansion. Instead, that funding would be converted into block grants for states.

President Trump met with the bipartisan Problems Solvers Caucus on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of backing an ObamaCare fix proposed by the group.