Krauthammer On Obamacare: "You Cannot Retract An Entitlement Once It's Been Granted"


Charles Krauthammer acknowledged once you create an entitlement, you can never take it away. On Tuesday's broadcast of Special Report, Krauthammer pushed Republicans to support the Congressional Obamacare repeal and replace bill championed by Paul Ryan. Krauthammer also acknowledged the plan is, in a sense, 'Obamacare lite.' He said, "I'm willing to admit that."

"Get it while you can and worry about the rest later," Krauthammer said of the Obamacare replacement.

BRET BAIER, SPECIAL REPORT: The message from the White House is, this is the beginning of a deal come at the beginning of a deal, this is the beginning of a negotiation, Charles, and this president is going to use political capital to get this across the finish line.

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I think it is a helpful message, and I think the central issue here is not the mechanics of reconciliation. The central issue is, I think Rand Paul is right. This is, in a sense, Obamacare lite. I'm willing to admit it. Paul Ryan, the others aren't. But in fact, the fact is his history has moved since 2010. The Republicans denounced the New Deal for 20 years. Eisenhower comes into office in 1953, and they don't touch an element of it. Social Security remains intact. They were not suicidal, and they lived to govern another day.

You cannot retract an entitlement once it has been granted. That's the genius of the left. There is no country in the West that has developed national health insurance and then revoked it despite all the problems.

BAIER: But Republicans are saying but you have to do something because insurance companies are going to leave and the thing is collapse.

KRAUTHAMMER: I agree, that's why I think they ought to do this. Accept the fact that you are not going to get everything you want. Reagan said I'd rather get 80% of what I want to go over a cliff with my flag flying. You don't want to go over a cliff. Yes, you want the tax credits. I'm willing to admit it is an entitlement. It is superior to the subsidies in Obamacare, a lot of other advantages. Get it while you can and worry about the rest later.

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