House Speaker Paul Ryan revealed during an interview Sunday that he agreed with President Donald Trump’s private warning that if the GOP fails to repeal and replace Obamacare, Republicans would face an electoral “bloodbath” during the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.
“I do believe that if we don’t keep our word to the people who sent us here, yeah,” he replied when asked by “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson whether he agreed with the president’s assessment, which was reported by CNN last week.
“Look, the most important thing for a person like myself, who runs for office and tells the people we are asking to hire us, this is what I will do if I get elected — and then, if you don’t do that, you are breaking your word,” he said.
Listen to him below:
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) March 12, 2017
A House member claimed last week that the president had warned the House GOP leadership that failing to “pass health care legislation after seven years of promises” could lead to a “‘bloodbath’ in the 2018 midterm election,” CNN reported.
Apparently, the House speaker agreed with Trump, though there was not necessarily much agreement regarding how exactly Republicans should go about replacing Obamacare.
As noted by The Week, the Obamacare repeal and replacement plan that Ryan and his team released released last week has been met with intense opposition from his fellow conservatives.
“Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) asserted that the bill was ‘dead on arrival,’” the magazine reported. “The far-right Freedom Caucus in the House was no more enthusiastic. Conservative health policy wonks attacked the bill. And major conservative think tanks like the Heritage Foundation, the Club For Growth, FreedomWorks, and the CATO Institute immediately came out swinging against ‘RINOCare.’”
Until this disagreement gets resolved, the Republicans may find it difficult to repeal and replace Obamacare at all.
And that could present a big problem as time passes — just as Trump predicted.
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