(CNSNews.com) - In four tweets on Friday – live from Paris – President Donald Trump talked up the latest Republican health care bill.
(The typos are his.)
"Republicans Senators are working hard to get their failed ObamaCare replacement approved. I will be at my desk, pen in hand!"
“So impt Rep Senators, under leadership of @SenateMajLdr McConnell get healthcare plan approved. After 7yrs of O'Care disaster, must happen!”
“After all of these years of suffering thru ObamaCare, Republican Senators must come through as they have promised!”
“.@VP Mike Pence is working hard on HealthCare and getting our wonderful Republican Senators to do what is right for the people.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says he’ll support the current bill, which includes amendments that he sponsored, even though the bill is not perfect:
“I think the bill today reflects the input from senators across the spectrum,” Cruz told reporters on Thursday. “It’s not the ideal bill I’d like to pass. I suspect there may not be a single senator for whom it’s the ideal bill they’d like to pass.”
But Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) remains a firm “NO!”
Writing in the Washington Examiner Thursday, Paul the Republican bill guarantees a profit for “Big Insurance,” which makes about $15 billion in profit annually.
“Am I the only one in the Senate that finds this brand of crony capitalism unseemly?” Paul asked.
“We aren't talking about whether or not we take care of the poor or disabled who can't afford their healthcare. We already do that in Medicaid and a host of other direct government programs,” he wrote.
“The current Senate GOP healthcare bill creates a giant insurance bailout superfund of nearly $200 billion.”
I am disappointed that my colleagues have insufficient confidence in the freedom of the healthcare marketplace, and I am greatly disappointed they've decided there now exists a federal right of insurance companies to have their $15 billion annual profit subsidized by taxpayers.
I really can't describe my level of disappointment. Crony capitalism is enshrined as a "right" by the new GOP Obamacare bill, while that bill does little to nothing to repeal Obamacare or fix our ailing healthcare sector.
On the liberal end of the Republican spectrum, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said she will vote no on the bill because of “deep cuts to Medicaid.” “Ready to work w/ GOP & Dem colleagues to fix flaws in ACA,” she tweeted on Thursday.