Video of Rand Paul Arguing Against Veterans' PACT Act Goes Viral

A video of Senator Rand Paul giving his reasons for not supporting the Veterans Health Bill that passed in the Senate has gone viral on social media.

The bipartisan Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act passed in the Senate on Tuesday by a vote of 86 to 11, and is expected to be signed into law soon by President Joe Biden.

The bill, which expands medical coverage for millions of veterans exposed to toxic burn pits during their service, was passed after being blocked by Senate Republicans in a vote last week

Paul was one of the 11 to vote the bill down and argued that it would put the economy at risk and suggested that it could be mishandled as he said veterans may struggle to prove that their medical issues were caused during service.

The video of Paul has so far been viewed more than 2 million times on Twitter after being shared on user Aaron Rupar's page.

"[We must] take care of our veterans and keep our country strong," Paul said.

"But this Bill puts our economy at risk by creating presumptions of service connection for the most common of ailments.

"For example, this legislation creates a presumption of service connection for Vietnam veterans for hypertension."

Hypertension is also called high blood pressure. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but it can damage your heart and cause health problem if it stays high for a long time, according to the CDC.

Paul continued: "But according to the CDC, 50 percent of men and 44 percent of women in the United States have hyper tension.

"More than 60 percent of people over the age of 60 have hypertension.

"In total, the CDC estimates that 116 million Americans have hypertension.

"The legislation also creates a presumption of service connection for global war on terror veterans for asthma.

"The CDC estimates that 1 in 12 people have asthma, which is approximately 25 million Americans."

Paul's comments have also resulted in criticism on Twitter.

"There are about 7 million surviving Vietnam vets. They are in their 70s now," podcast host and veteran Fred Wellman tweeted as he shared the video.

"Probably around 3 million total GWOT vets. Rand Paul wants them to have a harder time getting healthcare for their illnesses because...you know... budgets. We need to die faster and save those taxes."

"To prioritize the economic consequences of a bill over the lives of our Veterans suffering from toxic exposure shows that Rand Paul is a morally bankrupt, disgraceful politician that is a danger to this country," author Jason Rosenhaus tweeted.

"He represents so much of what's wrong with our political system."

"Rand Paul: Why should we pay for a military veteran's health care when they might have gotten that medical problem anyway?

"Everyone else: Because they're veterans, you sh*tbrain," Comic book writer Kurt Busiek tweeted.

"Rand Paul just announced that he opposes the PACT ACT because veterans cannot prove they got health issues while serving in combat," tweeted Charles Booker, Paul's Democratic opponent in the upcoming midterm elections.

"He is absolutely shameful, and has made a mockery of the office he occupies. I will defeat him."

Newsweek has contacted Rand Paul for comment.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) walks off the Senate floor following the passage of the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act on on July 27, 2022, in Washington, DC. A video of Senator Rand Paul giving his reasons for not supporting the Veterans Health Bill that passed in the Senate has gone viral on social media. Nathan Howard/Getty