Hume on GOP Health Care Fight: Either Way, Republicans Have a 'Problem'
Senate Republicans are shaping up to pay a political price no matter which way they vote on the health care bill, Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume said this morning.
Five Republicans are already on the record opposing the Senate bill as the Trump administration tries to rally support.
Republican Senators are working very hard to get there, with no help from the Democrats. Not easy! Perhaps just let OCare crash & burn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2017
Trump expressed confidence in a "Fox & Friends" interview on Sunday, calling ObamaCare a "dead carcass."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) hoped to bring the legislation up for a vote this week, but that is now in question.
Hume explained on "America's Newsroom" that there are always political consequences after major policy changes, especially on entitlements.
But on the other side, he noted that Republicans have promised for years that they would repeal and replace ObamaCare if they won the White House.
"Either way you've got a problem. People are gonna be mad if you pass it and a lot of people are gonna be mad if you don't," said Hume.
He noted that questions over entitlement spending have plagued Washington, D.C. for decades and Medicaid underwent a major expansion under ObamaCare. The current bill seeks to curb the program's rate of growth.
Hume said Republican leaders must work out how to appease senators whose states have large Medicaid rolls, such as Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) who opposes the bill and is up for re-election in 2018.
At the same time, conservatives like Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) believe the bill doesn't go far enough in repealing ObamaCare.
Watch his full analysis above.