Rand Paul won’t be ‘bribed or bullied’ on phony Obamacare repeal

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is pushing back hard against establishment Republicans and the Trump administration as the GOP political establishment attempts again to pass off legislation which is essentially an extension of Obamacare as the repeal and replacement long promised to conservative voters.

Current legislation offered up by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) would convert Obamacare subsidies and Medicaid expansion to block grants for states.

Proponents of the Graham/Cassidy measure say it achieves healthcare reform by placing more power in the hands of state lawmakers. But the bill also keeps in place Obamacare taxes and spending.

Here’s a pretty thorough rundown of all the reasons the current offering is more Obamacare-Lite than an actual Obamacare repeal. 

The White House has thrown full support behind the Graham/Cassidy bill and President Donald Trump on Friday warned Republicans in Congress that voting against the measure is tantamount to voting in favor of Obamacare.

The president called Paul out by name, saying:

But Paul is pushing back.

Paul is currently the only Republican senator who has vowed to vote against the Graham/Cassidy bill, but GOP leaders are also keeping a close eye on Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and John McCain (Ariz.), all of whom voted “no” on a similar measure in July, as they attempt to round up the 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster on the legislation.

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