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Rand Paul still despises the GOP's latest attempt to kill ObamaCare

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has consistently butted heads with his Republican colleagues over their attempts at writing health-care legislation. In the waning weeks of September, Paul is still holding his ground, even as the GOP eyes a final attempt at passing a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act after falling one vote short in July. Republicans technically have until Sept. 30 before they lose the ability to pass a bill with just 50 votes plus Vice President Mike Pence.

An uncompromising libertarian, Paul tweeted Monday that even as his party rallies for a last-ditch attempt at repealing the ACA, Republicans will have to count him out if they don't do more to squash the vestiges of ObamaCare:

As Matthew Walther writes at The Week: "The GOP leadership cannot please [the Republican Party's core constituents] and simultaneously placate the handful of sober moderate voices in the party" nor please hardliners like Paul who believes attempts at a Republican bill contain "a series of quasi-Stalinist intrusions into the ancient liberties of free men enshrined in our glorious Constitution." Read more here.