Speaker of the House Paul Ryan believes that if the repeal and replacement of Obamacare does not pass, 2018 elections could be a ‘bloodbath’. According to The Hill, Paul presented the House proposal last week and said that members of Congress would be:
“breaking [their] word” if they don’t keep campaign promises.
“Look. The most important thing for a person like myself who runs for office and tells the people we’re asking to hire us, ‘This is what I’ll do if I get elected.’ And then if you don’t do that, you’re breaking your word.”
Speaker Ryan faces backlash from within his own party, but still continues to charge ahead, knowing he’s facing pushback from critics who line the whole political landscape.
But on the Senate side, Senator Tom Cotton warned the House that the proposed replacement could not pass the Senate as written and that they could lose the majority in the Senate for voting for it. He tells ABC’s This Week:
“I’m afraid that if they vote for this bill, they’re going to put the House majority at risk next year.”
He warned that it would have “adverse consequences for millions of Americans” and wouldn’t lower costs: “Do not walk the plank and vote for a bill that cannot pass the Senate and then have to face the consequences of that vote,” Cotton said.
Here is the transcript of Speaker Ryan’s interview on CBS’ Face the Nation.