Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has stated that President Donald Trump is a very persuasive man, and it showed today as Paul jumped on the Trump Train–so to speak–to advance floor debate in the Senate with the hopes of repealing and replacing Obamacare.
“I’m very happy to announce that with zero of the Democrats’ votes, the motion to proceed on health care has moved past and now we move forward toward truly great health care for the American people. We look forward to that. This was a big step,” Trump said at a White House news conference after the vote.
Trump also gave special thanks to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) who returned after being diagnosed with brain cancer to vote in favor of the legislation. It required Vice President Mike Pence to cast the tie-breaking vote in the measure’s favor to pass after the Senate was deadlocked in a 50-50 tie after Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined Democrats to vote against the measure.
“I want to thank Sen. John McCain,” Trump said. “A very brave man. He made a tough trip to get here.”
Paul was one of the final holdouts including Sens. Dean Heller (R-NV), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). They each jumped on board at the last minute to move the motion forward. Although Paul jumped on board for this particular vote, he is still intent on pushing for a full repeal of Obamacare without bailing out insurance companies.
“If this is indeed the plan, I will vote to proceed and I will vote for any all measures that are clean repeal,” Paul said in a Tweet.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called the legislation the “cruelest, most destructive and irresponsible piece of legislation ever brought to the United States Senate in the modern history of this country.” If Paul has his way, the legislation is going to become even crueler from the perspective of the socialist demagogue with three houses to his name.