Krauthammer: Conservatives Must 'Fall on Their Swords' to Replace ObamaCare
On "Special Report" tonight, Charles Krauthammer reacted to the release of the Congressional Republican leadership's ObamaCare replacement plan, saying that some conservatives will have to "fall on their swords" in order for its passage to be successful.
Several top conservatives, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), have said they will not support a bill that would classify as "ObamaCare Lite."
Last week, Paul said on "The First 100 Days" that reported similarities between ObamaCare and the new bill amounted to "Democrat ideas dressed up in Republican clothing."
However, Krauthammer said such overtures like Paul's could spell doom for President Trump's promise to repeal-and-replace ObamaCare in short order.
Paul and his conservative counterparts in the House Freedom Caucus are wary of funding government entitlements through taxpayer monies or regulating any mandates.
"In the end ... the conservatives are going to have to fall on their swords," Krauthammer said. "There is no way they can... eliminate the entitlements. I think it would destroy the presidency."
Krauthammer said it is difficult to rollback an entitlement after it has been established, and said former President Obama effectively made permanent at least one or more health care entitlements.
If conservatives were to, instead, ask the Trump administration to give into their demands for a more fiscally-conservative replacement bill, it would be "disastrous" on the part of the conservatives, Krauthammer said.
Earlier on "Special Report," House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said the new bill, posted at readthebill.gop, repeals all taxes and subsidies on the current Affordable Care Act and instead offers the same tax breaks to individual workers as the government would to businesses.
"This really fits what Americans need," Brady said.
On entitlements, House Energy Committee Chairman Gregory Walden (R-Ore.) said the new bill doesn't "pull the rug out from under people" who now depend on some form of subsidy.
"We create a market that's affordable and available and that works," Walden said.