Democrats mock Trump over healthcare delay, prepare for 2020 battle

Henrietta Brewer
April 3, 2019

"I think we're going to have a great healthcare package". He also argued that the Republican plan would be better than Democrat promises of "Medicare for all" which would cause Americans to lose their private health insurance.

The tweets from Trump come after the Justice Department informed a federal appeals court last week that it approved of an appeals court decision that stated that the entire Obamacare statute is unconstitutional.

After a 2018 election cycle where voters were motivated by Republicans failed attempts to dismantle Obamacare, Trump's efforts last week to put it back on the political front burner took Congress by surprise. "Meantime, the United States of America is doing better than ever & is respected again!"

"We want to do something on health care; they want to do something on health care", Trump said then. A Quinnipiac University poll last week found 55 per cent of Americans supporting the improvement and not the replacement of the nation's healthcare system.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, said he told Trump on Monday that the party was not about to restart work on comprehensive healthcare legislation, noting they were unable to pass a plan when they controlled both chambers of Congress in the first two years of the Trump presidency.

Health care, especially protections for people with pre-existing conditions, resonates with voters and helped Democrats in the November elections. Republican congressional leaders quickly sought to distance themselves from Trump's latest drive, mindful that passing such a proposal would be virtually impossible in a divided Congress.

Politico reported that "the new challenge to Obamacare follows a heated internal administration debate that began late past year".

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. But it became clear that he didn't have support for a replacement to Obamacare in the GOP-led Senate, either.

The President has insisted in recent days that, despite his administration's position that all of the ACA should be struck down, the GOP will be the party of health care.

As Democrats have blamed Republicans for trying to end the ACA, GOP-backed challenges to the 2010 law are making their way through courts.

While Republicans gained Senate seats last fall, GOP senators - particularly those up for re-election next year - weren't looking for another fight over the law.

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.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters Tuesday that Trump "wants to talk about the principles".

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