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 PaulTrump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus MORE (R-Ky.) on Friday shot down an attempt by Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyStimulus checks debate now focuses on size, eligibility On The Money: GDP shrinks by record amount in second quarter amid virus lockdowns | Jobless claims rise for second straight week | McConnell tees up fight on unemployment benefits GOP senators propose stimulus checks of ,000 for both adults and children 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 GrahamThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus New polls show tight races for Graham, McConnell Yates spars with GOP at testy hearing MORE (R-S.C), Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R-Nev.) and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions Tensions flare as GOP's Biden probe ramps up  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.