I believe this is important enough to publish on what is usually an “off day” for Time Goes by.
If you have been following the Republican/Democratic discussion over repealing Obamacare, it has become obvious that it is way too complex to replace the ACA than can be done in a week or two.
Nevertheless, on Tuesday that is what Donald Trump demanded: that Congress repeal Obamacare and replace it “within weeks,” as The New York Times reported.
Further from The Times [emphasis is mine]:
"...[Trump] threatened Democrats who might stand in his way, saying he would campaign against them, especially in states that he won in November.
“'I feel that repeal and replace have to be together,” said Trump “for very simply, I think that the Democrats should want to fix Obamacare. They cannot live with it, and they have to go together...'
“'It may not get approved the first time, and it may not get approved the second time, but the Democrats who will try not to approve it will be at risk, warning that 'they have 10 people coming up' for re-election in 2018. That alluded to Democratic senators in states he won.
“'I won some of those states by numbers that nobody has seen. I will be out there campaigning,' he said.”
That is, campaigning against any Democrat who does not vote in line with Trump.
Is there any precedent for this from a president? Dear god, what have we wrought.