By Matt Hoffman, Buzz60
President Trump has thrown his weight behind House Republicans' new bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. But he knows the stakes for the party are high.
He held a closed-door meeting with House Republicans on Tuesday.
CNN reports that he warned of a "bloodbath" in the 2018 midterm elections if the party can't deliver on their anti-Obamacare promises.
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Those promises were a consistent part of Trump's presidential campaign.
And he's made it clear that he backs the new plan, calling it "wonderful" and saying he is "proud to support" it. But opposition will be fierce.
Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer called the bill "a giveaway to the wealthy and insurance companies."
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And some conservative Republicans are bashing the plan as well. Senator Rand Paul has called it "ObamaCare Lite" and said "It will not pass."
Trump has been trying to get out ahead of those criticisms, tweeting, "I feel sure that my friend @RandPaul will come along with the new and great health care program because he knows Obamacare is a disaster!"
I feel sure that my friend @RandPaul will come along with the new and great health care program because he knows Obamacare is a disaster!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 8, 2017
Trump's ability to convince Paul and others will represent an early test of his presidential clout.
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