Donald Trump blasts Republicans who are against Graham-Cassidy proposal

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Trump lashed out on Twitter.

President Donald Trump was busy early Saturday morning, tweeting his response to senators who came out against the Graham-Cassidy proposal on Friday.

The Graham-Cassidy proposal would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual and employer mandates for health insurance. It would also keep most of the law’s tax increases but shift them into block grants for individual states that could choose how they wished to use the money. It would also decrease funding for Medicaid in the future.

Arizona Sen. John McCain and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul have come out against the bill and said they won’t vote for it, and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski also seems to be against the proposal.

Some senators, such as McCain, said they didn’t support the bill because it has not yet been scored by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a nonpartisan group that “scores” bills to give lawmakers an idea of the impact they might have. Paul, though, doesn’t like it because he believes the bill doesn’t go far enough in repealing the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

Trump—who tweeted his support of the bill—did not have positive things to say about the senators who oppose Graham-Cassidy.

McCain has not yet responded to Trump’s tweets. McCain did, however, tweet his own statement about healthcare reform. He said he would not vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal because it was not a bipartisan effort fully vetted by the Senate.

At press time, Murkowski and Paul had not yet responded to Trump’s tweets.

Tess Cagle

Tess Cagle

Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.