The Corner

What Does ‘Be Careful’ Mean?

Trump issued a gentle and very obscure warning to Republicans on Obamacare yesterday:

It’s not clear what this means exactly, except that Trump is aware of the political risks involved in the current Republican strategy of partial repeal with replace put off until later. Personally, I’d prefer that Trump just go all the way and tweet that Republicans should do as much of repeal and replace together as possible, which would settle the basic strategy although obviously not the policy details. One of the risks that Republicans run here is that they get far down the road of partial repeal, they get a bad score from the CBO that says millions will lose their insurance, and Trump decides he doesn’t want to own that and comes out against it, throwing the effort into chaos. Republicans should definitely “be careful” — and it would help if everyone knew what that meant.