Matt Schlapp: ‘There’ll Be Hell to Pay’ if Republicans Don’t Pass a Health Care Bill


In the wake of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delaying the vote on Senate Republicans’ health care bill when it became apparent he didn’t have enough support from his own caucus, one prominent conservative voice said that GOP lawmakers are going to have to come together and vote on something. Otherwise, there will be repercussions.

“Republicans ran for office in four elections saying Obamacare should be repealed,” American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp stated on CNN’s New Day this morning. “They eventually amended that to be repeal and replace.”

Schlapp added that conservatives are going to “feel awfully hoodwinked” if Republicans that ran against Obamacare for years don’t deliver once they have complete control in Washington. He specifically singled out Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who has criticized the Senate bill as being too harsh.

“You can’t have your cake and eat it too,” he exclaimed. “There’ll be hell to pay if they don’t pass some version of Republican health care reform.”

Asked by host Chris Cuomo if Republicans should ditch the promise of repeal and replace and instead work on making the system better, Schlapp noted that what they need to do is not grow the rolls of Medicaid and instead push more people to private markets.

A recent NPR/PBS/Marist poll on the GOP health care bill revealed that only 17% of respondents approved of the plan.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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