Charles Krauthammer explained that the newly announced Obamacare replacement legislation might lead to the destruction of the Trump presidency unless conservative Republicans fell "on the their swords" and accepted the entitlements involved. He made the comments Monday on "Special Report" on Fox News.
"In the end the Republicans are gonna have to essentially, the conservatives, the ones who are more conservative, are gonna have to fall on their swords," Krauthammer explained. "This is the signature event for the new administration. If they were to, in the end, eliminate the entitlement and put it down, I think it would destroy the presidency.
There is nothing they could do right now. They're gonna try a more serious conservative entitlement, but if they were to ask the administration to give, in the end, to fall on their sword on this, I think it would be disastrous on the part of the conservatives.
"They are right now asking for the destruction of the entitlement," Krauthammer concluded. "I think after what Obama did there is a entitlement that is now accepted. But in the end there's no way that they're gonna consolidate a loss of the entitlement."
Mollie Hemingway of the Federalist appeared to agree, but described the difficult challenge Republicans were undertaking with the Obamacare replacement bill.
"Well there's no question that this is an important thing that needs to happen before the rest of the legislative agenda goes through," she added. "At the same time, rewriting one-fifth of the economy and doing it under two months time is completely ridiculous. I mean, Democrats had a year to do it, and even they didn't do a good job with their packaging together of Obamacare."
"Anything that involves tax credits is too bulky, too big," she concluded, "to not spend that amount of time needed to really come up with some good solutions."
At the end of the segment, Bret Baier went back to Krauthammer, asking, "Do they have the votes?"
"Yes, I think in the end they're gonna have to have the votes, Krauthammer responded. "And also they're going to have to concede the fact that Obama created an entitlement. And they're now gonna transmute it into something different."
"But the entitlement will stay, there's no way to ratchet it back, he added. "And the conservatives are gonna have to swallow that in the end, because otherwise it collapses."
Republicans revealed the text of the Obamacare replacement legislation entitled "the American Health Care Act" Monday afternoon. Vice President had vowed that Americans who liked their Obamacare insurance could keep their insurance under the repeal and replacement policies of the Republican party.
Trump had promised numerous times before the election that he would repeal Obamacare, and make sure that everyone had healthcare, while Democrats said that they would do everything in their power to keep former President Obama's signature legislation in power. One of Trump's first executive orders just hours after his inauguration was directed against Obamacare in January.