McConnell Throws Cold Water On Trump's Grand O'Care Replacement Plans

Kenny Tucker
April 4, 2019

As for Trump, his decision to push the health care debate to 2021 comes after saying last week the Republican Party would be known as "the party of health care".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said Tuesday that he had told Trump in a phone call that the Senate wouldn't consider another attempt to overhaul the health-care system before the 2020 elections.

After President Trump warned that the GOP needs to take up health care reform or risk getting "clobbered", Karl Rove agreed Wednesday, adding that Republicans need to do all they can to diminish the advantage Democrats now hold on health care ahead of the 2020 election.

"I made it clear to him we were not going to be doing that in the Senate, " McConnell said, also pointing out the difficulty in crafting a bill that could pass the Democratic-led House.

Trump has yet to offer specifics of his agreed-upon plan for a new health care law.

After discussing the issue with McConnell, Trump tweeted a temporary concession on the matter but pledged that a health care vote would be taken after the next election cycle when "Republicans hold the Senate & win back the House".

Trump did tweet Monday night about how awful Obamacare has been for the country and claimed again that Republicans are working on a comprehensive plan that would lower premiums and deductibles. Premiums [and] deductibles are far too high - Really bad HealthCare! "Even the Dems want to replace it, but with Medicare for all, which would cause 180 million Americans to lose their beloved private health insurance", Trump tweeted. In other words it will be far less expensive & much more usable than ObamaCare.

"We're going to keep the presidency, and we'll vote in the best health care package we've ever had", Trump said.

But President Donald Trump's suggestion Monday that the party would wait until after the 2020 elections to vote on a replacement plan alleviated some of those concerns.

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Democrats "have health care right now and we need to take that away from them", Trump said, laying out a strategy for the 2020 campaign.

You might say, well, of course not - Democrats control the House, and they won't approve of any Republican health care plan.

When asked whether the two Senate committees overseeing health-care policy are planning to draft a replacement proposal for the Affordable Care Act, Grassley responded flatly: "No".

Yost told an Axios conversation on the future of the Affordable Care Act that he agrees the part of the law that mandates coverage is unconstitutional, but said that insurance guarantees for roughly 1.9 million non-elderly Ohioans with pre-existing medical conditions could end if the law is eliminated.

"The American people deserve to know exactly where their representatives stand on the Trump administration's vicious campaign to take away their healthcare", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, said.

Health care, especially protections for people with pre-existing conditions, resonates with voters and helped Democrats in the November elections.

Democrats mostly campaigned on health care in the 2018 midterm elections, which they won decisively, returning them to power in the House.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2019Reporter: Your administration is making very clear that you think the ACA is invalid.What's your message to Americans?

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