Trump: Rand Paul Is a ‘Negative Force When It Comes to Fixing Health Care’

Sen. Rand Paul / Getty Images
Sen. Rand Paul / Getty Images

President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning made his thoughts clear on the latest Republican-backed Senate health care initiative, saying Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) is a "negative force" in the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

After the GOP failed to pass a health care plan over the summer, the Graham-Cassidy bill, proposed by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (La.), has emerged as the next front-runner to replace Obamacare's top-down federal structure. The bill aims to send all future health care funding to the states.

Paul is not a fan of the latest attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. He came out against the proposal Tuesday on Fox News, saying the plan was "another big government boondoggle."

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"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!" Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning.

In a consecutive tweet, Trump continued to comment on the Graham-Cassidy proposal and the upcoming Senate health care vote.

"I hope Republican Senators will vote for Graham-Cassidy and fulfill their promise to Repeal & Replace Obamacare. Money direct to the states," Trump tweeted.

Senate Republicans must pass a bill by the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30, if they are going to pass a bill purely along party lines, without support from Democrats, Vox reported. At the end of this fiscal year, Republicans lose the reconciliation privileges that currently would allow them to pass a bill with a simple majority, the Senate parliamentarian ruled Friday.