Trump Backs Off Obamacare Replacement After McConnell Says Senate Won't Act

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04 April, 2019

"Trump signaled Monday night that he will not press for a vote on a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act until after next year's elections, apparently heeding warnings from fellow Republicans about the perils of such a fight during campaign season", according to a Monday report from The Washington Post.

Trump announced Monday that the Republican Party will present a health care reform plan after the 2020 elections.

President Donald Trump, a Republican, has pledged to deliver a better healthcare system than Obamacare if the Supreme Court tosses out his predecessor's signature domestic achievement.

President Donald Trump's surprising new push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act - a campaign pledge that proved poisonously unpopular with voters - was abandoned almost just as quickly when he tweeted late Monday that any Republican plan would wait for a vote until "right after the Election" in 2020.

Senator John Thune, R, the No. 2 Senate Republican, said it makes sense to wait until after the election to attempt the large-scale health insurance overhaul the President was suggesting. They don't yet have a comprehensive plan to replace the law, known as "Obamacare".

Yost told an Axios conversation on the future of the Affordable Care Act that he agrees the part of the law that mandates coverage is unconstitutional, but said that insurance guarantees for roughly 1.9 million non-elderly Ohioans with pre-existing medical conditions could end if the law is eliminated.

Other Texas Republicans turned their fire at Democrats, whom they had already been dinging of late for welcoming a discussion of expansive health care ideas like Medicare-for-all. ObamaCare is a disaster, far too expensive and deductibility ridiculously high - virtually unusable! Trump claimed Monday night that the House's Medicare for all bill would "cause 180 million Americans to lose their beloved private health insurance", while Cassidy has said the bill would affect "150 million people ... who are now satisfied with their employer-sponsored insurance". A Quinnipiac University poll last week found 55 per cent of Americans supporting the improvement and not the replacement of the nation's healthcare system.

The president acknowledged the economy was on his mind Tuesday, but played down those concerns, saying, "Let me just give you a little secret: Security is more important to me than trade". "We Democrats will not stop fighting tooth and nail to protect America's health care, today, tomorrow and on in through 2021".

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Trump's move suggests he may debate the U.S. healthcare system during the 2020 presidential polls campaign.

Speaking later Tuesday at a fundraiser for the National Republican Congressional Committee, Trump said, "Republicans should not run away from health care".

On Wednesday morning, Trump seemed to change his mind yet again and said that a Republican health care package would be "on full display during the Election".

"That's one man's timetable", Cornyn said of Trump's declaration that a vote would take place after the elections.

Preserving health care protections, and especially for people with pre-existing conditions, resonates with voters.

As an example, McConnell said senate Republicans would be "working on prescription drug pricing and other issues".

"Translation: they have no health care plan".

Second, and maybe we're getting into the weeds here a bit, but Congress writes laws, not the President.


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