The GOP “Repeal and Replace” Healthcare Bloodbath Is Just Heating Up

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So, it is war between us! If these demands are not met, a disaster beyond your imagination….will occur! –The Phantom of the Opera

Post by Onan Coca

Two new interviews with GOP leaders show the dangerous position that Republicans find themselves in with the mess that is Obamacare.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) essentially offered the opposite answer to the very same question when asked about the possibility of passing the recently announced healthcare bill. Representative Ryan believes that if the GOP does not pass their bill to “fix” Obamacare, they risk losing the House majority to Democrats in 2018. Senator Cotton is of a different opinion, arguing that if the GOP passes what he believes to be a terrible healthcare bill, they risk losing the House in 2018.

It’s a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” scenario for the GOP and there are no easy answers.

Ryan tried to downplay the seeming turmoil that the GOP currently find themselves embroiled in by telling CBS’ John Dickerson that the current intra-party debate was a normal, healthy part of the legislative process.

 “I believe we can get 51 votes out of the Senate. Look, this is what the legislative process looks like. When you are going through a deliberative legislative process, not ramming and jamming things but going through all the committees, going through the entire process — people are going to try and negotiate… That’s how legislation works, and what we’re seeing and hearing is just that.”

However, Ryan also agreed with President Trump who recently said that if the GOP can’t pass the healthcare bill through Congress, there would be a “bloodbath” at the polls in 2018.

“I do believe that if we don’t keep our word to the people who sent us here, yeah,” Ryan said, there would be a bloodbath awaiting the GOP in 2018. “The most important thing for a person like myself who runs for office and tells the people we’re asking to hire us, ‘This is what I’ll do if I get elected.’ And then if you don’t do that, you’re breaking your word.”

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