Democrats mock Trump over healthcare delay, prepare for 2020 battle

How Trump has guaranteed healthcare will be a major election issue
McConnell to Trump: We're not repealing, replacing Obamacare
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05 April, 2019

After discussing the issue with McConnell, Trump tweeted a temporary concession on the matter but pledged that a health care vote would be taken after the next election cycle when "Republicans hold the Senate & win back the House".

"The Republicans are developing a really great HealthCare Plan with far lower premiums (cost) & deductibles than ObamaCare", he said. He didn't want to cede the issue again in the 2020 campaign, according to a person familiar with the conversations who was not authorized to speak publicly. "The challenge he has right now, he is running into the political obstacle of a Democrat-controlled House, whose idea for healthcare reform is a $36 trillion, one-size-fits-all government-run plan that would take health insurance coverage away from 180 million Americans".

That's because the guarantee that people with preexisting conditions can get health coverage only exists because of the Affordable Care Act, and if Republicans succeed in any of their attempts to destroy the ACA - most recently with the lawsuit the administration is supporting that would tear out the ACA, root and branch - that protection would be eliminated.

"Last night the president tweeted that they will come up with their plan in 2021".

The survey also showed that more than two-thirds of Republicans and Democrats said they are "not at all confident" that elected officials will be able to work together to reduce healthcare costs. John McCain's "no" vote that killed the repeal-and-replace effort.

In this September 5, 2017 photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., right, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Congressional leaders and administration officials in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington.

"I made it clear to him that we were not going to be doing that in the Senate".

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"We're going to keep the presidency, and we'll vote in the best health care package we've ever had", he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump has been exploring the art of the climb-down.

He said a Republican plan would mean most Americans pay lower premiums and deductibles for their healthcare than they now pay under Obamacare, revisiting a promise he made during the 2016 campaign.

She also responded to the president lamenting during a Republican event Tuesday that Democrats "have health care" as a winning policy issue and they "need to take that away from them". You can't do it. "You're going to win your elections because of healthcare", Trump said during a dinner in Washington hosted by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

"If you don't support it, you have no chance of winning", Trump said. "The Republican Party will be the champion of preexisting conditions".

After spending hundreds of days blocking President Barack Obama's 2016 nomination of Merrick Garland to the US Supreme Court, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell then went "nuclear" to get Trump's first supreme court pick, Neil Gorsuch, approved.

Several of the leading candidates for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination, including a number of current US senators, have already made healthcare a major part of their campaign message. "I would suggest that's good for us (Democrats)".

The Senate action came after a partisan debate that featured unusually personal finger-pointing between the chamber's party leaders, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.


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