How Trump has guaranteed healthcare will be a major election issue

How Trump has guaranteed healthcare will be a major election issue

"The Republicans are developing a really great HealthCare Plan with far lower premiums (cost) & deductibles than ObamaCare", he said.

"Certainly the president wants to be the 'party of health care, ' it's one he wants to see us address, he'd love to be able to address it now but we know that Democrats are controlled by the far, radical left-wing part of their party, and they are at total contrast to what we need and what the president wants to see happen when it comes to health care", Sanders said.

Trump surprised Republicans last week when he said he was going to make the GOP "the party of health care", and would revisit the issue that has frustrated Republicans and helped deliver the House to Democrats in the 2018 midterm election.

Trump's effort to repeal the healthcare law narrowly failed in the Senate in 2017.

At an outdoor rally in front of the Supreme Court, Pelosi and Schumer announced they were introducing resolutions condemning the Justice Department's legal assault on the law.

According to AP VoteCast, a survey of more than 115,000 midterm voters nationwide, almost 4 in 10 Democratic voters identified health care as the most important among a list of key issues. The Texas ruling calls into question an ongoing debate over whether Trump and Republicans actually support protection of the 60 million Americans with pre-existing conditions. Sanders followed suit on America's Newsroom Tuesday, exclusively blaming Democrats for not working with Republicans on any bipartisan health care improvements.

On the issue of health care, President Trump is following a page from the tried-and-(not so)-true Republican playbook - namely mindlessly opposing all Democratic policies while proposing nothing coherent of his own. And while Republicans gained Senate seats last fall, there's no indication that GOP senators want another fight over repealing "Obamacare", particularly not those up for re-election next year. "It will be truly great HealthCare that will work for America", Trump declared in a series of tweets.

"In other words it will be far less expensive & much more usable than ObamaCare", Trump continued.

Sarah Sanders became the latest Trump administration official unable to outline any semblance of an Affordable Care Act alternative despite touting the GOP as "the party of health care" heading into 2020.

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".

Trump said Thursday he's asked Republican senators to work on a replacement to the Affordable Care Act, but no such group appears to exist.

And on Wednesday, Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff and the former White House legislative affairs director, claimed on CNN that "the President will be putting forward plans this year" to replace Obamacare through Congress.

The president and the White House did not provide additional details.

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