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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 Paul, 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 Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.). 

Paul on Tuesday criticized the new repeal bill as a “government boondoggle of a trillion dollars.”{mosads}

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 Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (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!”

Tags Bill Cassidy Lindsey Graham Lisa Murkowski Rand Paul Susan Collins

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