Washington (CNN) — President Donald Trump warned House Republicans Tuesday if they can't pass health care legislation after seven years of promises it could be a "bloodbath" in the 2018 midterm election, according to one member present in the meeting.
The current proposed plan will still result in a bloodbath.
Trump vowed to throw his full support behind the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act during a meeting with House GOP leadership, saying he is "proud" to support a GOP-authored plan to replace Obamacare and told members behind closed doors that he would support it "100%," according to sources in the room.
The people voted for “repeal,” they didn’t vote for “replace.”
…the Kentucky Senator said he met with Trump and didn't believe the two were "that far off" from each other on how to proceed. [Rand] Paul said they both want to repeal Obamacare, and the disagreement came over how exactly to replace it…
The people didn’t vote to replace it, they voted to repeal it.
"I did express with the President that I think separating repeal from replacement will get it done, and I think that's maybe the only vehicle for getting that done," Paul said.
Paul may be smart as a fox on this one, knowing that “repeal” will get enough votes – or force republicans who think they want to vote “no” to consider the limited length of their future in congress – but “replace" will not.
Trump is wrong; Paul is half (or more) right.