Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer agreed with President Donald Trump that it would be much easier to strike a deal on repealing Obamacare in the coming months, when the legislation begins to implode more.
"I don't think there's a reason why it has to be pronounced dead," Krauthammer said about the repeal effort. "The president had an ultimatum, he decided he would stick to it, he decided that as a result, he would not be involved. That's fine."
"But it still an open question whether the Republicans in the House and in the Senate can negotiate among themselves," he said. "They were not that far apart.
"And then, you know I've been advocating this other alternative," he explained, "where you abandon the restrictions that are imposed by the reconciliation process, meaning you stuff the bill with all the kinds of stuff you were gonna add later, stuff that would appeal to the Freedom Caucus. And you put that in the bill and you toss it over to the Senate. And if Senate Democrats want to filibuster, fine.
"So I think there are several options, I don't think they are that far apart," Krauthammer continued. "I think it's perfectly reasonable that they could negotiate a deal among themselves, and I do think that in the fall, when Obamacare's problems are really going to come to the surface, again, spiking premiums and deductibles.
"And it gets worse every year," he concluded. "There'll be less nostalgia for Obamacare than you have found in the current debate."
This mirrors Trump's plan he outlined in remarks after the bill's failure where he said he would allow the former president's signature legislation to continue and "explode" on its own. He would then expect that Democrats would come asking to make a deal in order to escape the political damage from rising premiums and other costs.
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Trump ally Newt Gingrich blamed Speaker Ryan (R-Wisc.) for the bill's failure, while others passed the blame onto the House Freedom Caucus of conservative Republicans who rejected the bill for being far too lax on repealing Obamacare.