Trump says GOP health care bill will come after next year's elections

Grant Boone
April 3, 2019

Democrats mostly campaigned on health care in the 2018 midterm elections, which they won decisively, returning them to power in the House. But it became clear that he didn't have support for a replacement to Obamacare in the GOP-led Senate, either.

(Sahil Kapur and John Harney, Bloomberg News) President Donald Trump said Republicans would wait until after the 2020 election to hold a vote on a replacement for Obamacare, slowing a push he began last week and guaranteeing that the issue will take center stage in his re-election campaign. During the campaign he said that the wall would be made of preset concrete; during his presidency, he switched to advocating metal slats.

McConnell said he was fine with lawmakers working on narrower health care issues - such as prescription drug prices- but, he stressed that "we will not be doing comprehensive [health care] in the Senate".

On Fox News Sunday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway reiterated Republicans are "working on a plan" while also providing no details.

He pointed to the Democrats' control of the House, and said it was his understanding that Trump would develop a health care plan he could tout during the 2020 campaign, in case Republicans win back both chambers of Congress. In Mulvaney's words, "Every single plan that this White House has ever put forward since Donald Trump was elected, covered pre-existing conditions".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump will "hold Americans hostage through 2020" on an issue that affects millions of people.

Trump's Justice Department had previously said that it should be only partly overturned. He said that Trump "insists he has a magic plan that we can see if only the American people re-elect him".

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said Democrats' health care battle with Trump is "a values fight".

McConnell has made it clear Republicans should spend their time attacking "Medicare for All" proposals rather than revisiting the ACA debate, according to a Republican granted anonymity to discuss the private thinking. "Both parties support them, and anyone telling you anything different is lying to you for political gain". The No. 2 Republican, Sen. According to AP VoteCast, a survey of more than 115,000 midterm voters nationwide, almost 4 in 10 Democratic voters identified health care at the top of a list of key issues. "Even the Dems want to replace it, but with Medicare for all, which would cause 180 million Americans to lose their beloved private health insurance", he wrote, adding, "[Republicans] are developing a really great HealthCare Plan with far lower premiums (cost) [and] deductibles than ObamaCare.

"Trying to convey what the obstacles are to getting what he wants to get done in the next two years is something I think a number of our members conveyed to him", Thune said.

Congressional Republicans were caught off guard by Trump's rapid shift to focus on health care last week, which was set off by his abrupt decision to direct the Justice Department to intervene in a federal court case seeking to eliminate the ACA in its entirety on constitutional grounds.

Challenges to the 2010 law are making their way through courts.

With Democrats controlling the House, any attempt to dismantle the law could not pass Congress.

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