Paul 'worried' new ObamaCare repeal bill might pass

Paul 'worried' new ObamaCare repeal bill might pass
© Greg Nash

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate approves 4B spending bill Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump says Dems inflated Puerto Rico death toll | House cancels Friday votes | Florence starts to hit coast 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 GrahamTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' Graham knocks South Korea over summit with North MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyOvernight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan senators unveil proposal to crack down on surprise medical bills Outdated global postal system hurts US manufacturers MORE (R-La.)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ObamaCare repeal bill over the summer only after Senate leadership allowed a vote on an amendment that would have repealed the law in full.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 MurkowskiProgressive group targets Collins, Murkowski after Kavanaugh allegation Overnight Energy: Trump rolls back methane pollution rule | EPA watchdog to step down | China puts tariffs on US gas GOP can't sweep Kavanaugh bombshell under the rug MORE (R-Alaska), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGrassley: No reason to delay Kavanaugh hearing Dem senators back Kavanaugh accuser's call for FBI investigation CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Ford: ‘Mr. President, refer to her by her name’ MORE (R-Maine) or John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump administration weakens methane pollution standards for drilling on public lands Another recession could hit US in 2019, says credit union association chief R-E-S-P-E-C-T: One legacy of Franklin and McCain is up to us MORE (R-Ariz.).