Trump says ObamaCare replacement vote will happen after 2020 election

Randy Kelley
April 4, 2019

Democratic congressional campaigns have already made health care an early focus of their 2020 messaging, and House Democrats bolstered that effort Wednesday with a symbolic vote that sought to once again put Republicans on record on the issue. "'It will be truly great HealthCare that will work for America".

Trump says his administration is drawing up a new healthcare plan ahead of the 2020 election that could be implemented soon afterwards, assuming he wins re-election and Republicans win back the House and keep the Senate. First he said it was his choice to push off the health care votes.

President Donald Trump, a Republican, has pledged to deliver a better healthcare system than Obamacare if the Supreme Court tosses out his predecessor's signature domestic achievement.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Trump's reversal means he will "hold Americans hostage through 2020" on an issue that affects millions of people.

"He wants the people that are receiving the care to get to make decisions about it", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News on April 2.

Trump said on March 28 that he asked Sens. "Also, Republicans will always support Pre-Existing Conditions".

If that happened and the law was not replaced " ...it would have undeniable dramatic effects in NY", said Bill Hammond, a health policy expert with the Empire Center, an Albany think tank. "It is useful to reduce that advantage as we go into the 2020 election".

On Wednesday morning, Trump seemed to change his mind yet again and said that a Republican health care package would be "on full display during the Election".

In the House elections, health care ranked as the top issue for voters.

Trump rekindled the long-running political conflict over health care last week when he ordered his Justice Department to shift its position on a Texas lawsuit seeking to invalidate parts of the Affordable Care Act, agreeing with U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling that the law itself is unconstitutional and should be scrapped entirely. "What a disgrace. The American people will not stand for the President playing cynical games with health care". Trump said in a series of tweets on April 1. John McCain's "no" vote that killed the repeal-and-replace effort.

"He'd love to be able to address it now, but we know that Democrats are controlled by the far, radical left wing of their party and they are a total contrast to what we need and what the president wants to see happen when it comes to health care", Sanders said. Although they had fiercely opposed the law since 2010, it gradually became more popular with voters and was considered a chief factor in last November's Democratic victories that cost the GOP control of the House of Representatives.

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".

That's because the guarantee that people with preexisting conditions can get health coverage only exists because of the Affordable Care Act, and if Republicans succeed in any of their attempts to destroy the ACA - most recently with the lawsuit the administration is supporting that would tear out the ACA, root and branch - that protection would be eliminated.

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