Senate Majority Leader Tells Trump Republicans Won't Replace ObamaCare Now

Senate Majority Leader Tells Trump Republicans Won't Replace ObamaCare Now

After Trump retreated on his demands for a new health care package this week, top Democrats mocked the president and said that they were happy to make the topic a primary campaign issue heading into the 2020 election.

"I made it clear to him that we were not going to be doing that in the Senate", McConell told reporters on Tuesday.

In his late-Monday tweets, Trump claimed Republicans are developing a plan with cheaper premiums and deductibles that "will be truly great HealthCare that will work for America".

Democrats countered that Trump, in conjunction with McConnell, has jammed the Senate with a set of historically unqualified nominees and broke with traditions of previous administrations, of both parties, in consulting with senators from the other party on many appointments.

Democrats gleefully jumped on the delay, saying it showed Trump and his party had no idea what to do with healthcare beyond repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.

The Hill reported that Senate Republicans did not know Trump would be asking for comprehensive health care reform prior to their meeting on Monday outside of a single tweet from the president which declared Republicans would become "the Party of Healthcare".

President Donald Trump Wednesday morning did an about-face, a week or so after he renewed his battle against the Affordable Care Act that bears the name of his number one nemesis.

No matter what Trump would have people believe, Democrats are the party of health care - and have always been so - and Republicans are the party of taking away people's coverage.

Democrats also say that GOP complaints over their tactics now ring hollow after the obstructionism Obama experienced over his two terms. 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. "I would suggest that's good for us (Democrats)". The only thing they want to do is take away insurance from those with existing medical conditions and let the insurance companies run wild with little or no real oversight.

Repeal and replace can wait.

"The Justice Department has not only refused to defend hundreds of thousands of West Virginians with pre-existing conditions but gone even further to argue against the constitutionality of the entire Affordable Care Act".

That's not how congressional Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader McConnell, understood Trump's sudden shift to the issue last week. First he said it was his choice to push off the health care votes. "We have to take that away from them". H. Res 271 opposes actions taken by the Trump Administration to remove protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, cancel co-pay and deductible caps, and halt assistance programs for seniors struggling with sky-high drug prices.

"I've been rebuffed for two years; not a single Democrat has been willing to join us", Lankford said.

"It was like pulling teeth to get the solution, that they had the nerve to say you're lucky it's only going up 5% this year and then 10% next year, I found a way to solve that", said Braun.

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