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Rand Paul Just Responded To Trump’s AM Rant About Him With A Harsh Warning

Evidently, trying to pressure lawmakers into doing your bidding with little regard for their own interests in the situation doesn’t work after all.

The GOP is pushing ahead this fall with an attempt to get the Affordable Care Act repealed, something that they have quite frankly been trying to do for seven years. They simply aren’t very good at this “getting things done” concept.

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The GOP’s efforts failed this past summer, but they are trying again, this time they’re looking to accumulate 50 votes for an ACA repeal bill written jointly by Senators Lindsay Graham and Bill Cassidy. This bill is just as bad as the previous iterations of the GOP’s efforts to repeal ObamaCare, with the ACA-prompted expansion of Medicaid among those programs on the chopping block.

Republicans can only afford to lose two of their number’s support — and they’ve already officially lost one, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. Paul finds the Graham-Cassidy measure to be too much like ObamaCare. Trump tweeted angrily about Paul this Friday morning, saying he will come to be known in future political campaigns as “the Republican who saved ObamaCare” — and the Libertarian leaning Senator responded on Twitter, writing that he would not be “bribed or bullied.”

Sen. Paul wrote, in part:

‘I won’t vote for Obamacare Lite that keeps 90% of the taxes & spending just so some people can claim credit for something that didn’t happen. Calling a bill that KEEPS most of Obamacare “repeal” doesn’t make it true. That’s what the swamp does. I won’t be bribed or bullied.’

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Paul’s reference to the “swamp” connects the president’s support of this bill to the very members of the establishment he claims to be opposed to, seeing as he rode into office promising to “drain the swamp.”

For most of us, the Graham-Cassidy bill not cutting enough taxes isn’t our problem with it, but we will take what we can get in terms of opposition to the bill.

Other Senators to express tentative opposition to the bill, including John McCain and Lisa Murkowski, have done so for different reasons. McCain wants a bill that is the product of “regular order” — this one is not — and Murkowski still has questions about the impact of the bill. It’s far from certain that the GOP will get enough votes for their measure to pass it by the September 30 deadline.

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