Top House Republican begs Trump to back off disastrous Obamacare repeal

Henrietta Brewer
March 30, 2019

Kennedy then asked McEnany how President Trump could convince the Democrats to work with him on a healthcare solution.

"Obamacare is a disaster".

"So we're coming up with plans", Trump said, speaking Wednesday from the White House. Justice said it backed a federal judge's ruling in December that the Affordable Care Act violated the U.S. Constitution because it required people to buy health insurance. The rule, finalized last June, stems from an executive order President Donald Trump issued in the fall of 2017 after congressional efforts to repeal Obamacare fell apart.

"The administration will continue to fight for sole proprietors and small businesses so that they can have the freedom to band together to obtain more affordable, quality healthcare coverage", a Justice Department spokesman said. So they tried to ram through repeal without replace.

Meanwhile, some Republicans are looking to the White House to provide them with a plan.

Kennedy pushed McEnany on how the GOP plans to get any legislation passed after losing control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections.

Later this week, House Democrats will introduce new healthcare reform package created to expand on the existing Obamacare reforms.

Most Democrats and a few Republicans in Congress criticized the move, saying that ditching Obamacare without an equivalent replacement will end coverage for pre-existing conditions, disqualify young adults receiving benefits under their parents' policies, and bounce millions out of Medicaid coverage that was offered to states as part of the Affordable Care Act.

And it's a politically telling sign that Democrats aren't the only ones crying foul over the unexpected Justice Department decision to support a district court ruling that could wipe out coverage for 20 million Americans. The "Medicare-for-all" approach first championed by Senator Bernie Sanders is now also embraced by several other contenders for the Democratic nomination.

Some on the left had their hopes dashed after the Mueller Russia probe ended this weekend without new criminal indictments, but the party's top strategists - in the presidential campaigns and Congress - have always viewed bread-and-butter economic issues, including access to affordable medical treatment, as the key to their continued electoral success. "That's all pie in the sky", said Sen.

"ObamaCare is a failure", McCarthy told Fox News.

Obamacare survived a 2012 legal challenge at the Supreme Court when a majority of justices ruled the individual mandate aspect of the program was a tax that Congress had the authority to impose.

In December, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled that after Trump signed a $1.5 trillion tax cut package passed by Congress a year ago that eliminated the penalties, the individual mandate could no longer be considered constitutional.

The 2010 healthcare law, seen as the signature domestic achievement of Trump's Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, has been a flashpoint of American politics since its passage, with Republicans, including Trump, repeatedly attempting to overturn it.

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