Trump says ObamaCare replacement vote will happen after 2020 election
- Author: Sylvester Abbott Apr 04, 2019,
Apr 04, 2019, 1:00
Calling it an effort to take away Americans' healthcare, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to condemn the Trump administration's courtroom bid to eliminate Obamacare. "'It will be truly great HealthCare that will work for America".
Then President Trump - against the advice of his cabinet and top Republican leaders - ordered his Dept. of Justice to tell the judge he wants the court to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act.
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"I made it clear to him that we were not going to be doing that in the Senate".
After the New York Times published an article on Tuesday claiming Trump "backed off plans" to replace Obamacare, the president took to Twitter again to set the record straight and take a jab at the paper.
The past week's events have virtually guaranteed that health care would be a core issue in the 2020 election campaign.
Trump's latest policy twists come after the conclusion of the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation and as the president is turning his attention to his 2020 campaign. He also said Republicans support preserving coverage of pre-existing conditions. "I've already begun discussing these ideas with senators and I look forward to moving the bill through the legislative process, thanks to Trump's renewed push for sustainable health care", Westerman told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a statement Monday.
For six years Republicans promised their supporters that action on healthcare - full Obamacare repeal and a cheaper, better replacement - was just a winning election away.
Trump later showed up a Senate Republican luncheon where he declared that they should be the "party of healthcare" and asked for assistance in writing a new bill.
In remarks to reporters Tuesday, Trump said, "I wanted to put it after the election because we don't have the House".
The Fox News contributor pointed out that health care is the number two issue for voters, with jobs and the economy being first. "What a disgrace. The American people will not stand for the president playing cynical games with health care", he continued.
In a third, Trump trashed the Affordable Care Act, former President Obama's signature domestic achievement.
Various Republican senators including Lindsey Graham and Mitt Romney said they were in "preliminary talks" on an Affordable Care Act replacement, according to Romney's office, the Deseret News reported.
"We have to win, we have to take back the House", Trump said. John McCain cast the deciding vote not to repeal the healthcare plan.
At least three Republicans - Maryland governor Larry Hogan, former MA governor Bill Weld and former OH governor John Kasich - are considering primary challenges to the president, but the campaign has already tasked aides with making sure all delegates at next year's convention are committed to Trump.
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".
Almost 110,000 Central New Yorkers, enough people to fill more than two Carrier Domes to the rafters, would lose their health insurance if the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was scrapped.