Trump announces GOP health care reform is coming

Trump Postpones Health Care

After Trump retreated on his demands for a new health care package this week, top Democrats mocked the president and said that they were happy to make the topic a primary campaign issue heading into the 2020 election.

US President Donald Trump signalled that he will not press for a vote on a bill to replace Obamacare until after next year's elections, apparently heeding warnings from fellow Republicans about the perils of such a fight during campaign season.

Trump's effort to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law narrowly failed in the Senate in 2017.

"Everybody agrees that ObamaCare doesn't work", the president said in three tweets Monday night.

Wednesday's vote is likely to be little more than symbolic, however.

The Hill reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told Trump on Monday that the senate would not vote on the president's desired Obamacare replacement before the 2020 election.

Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn, the second highest ranking Republican in the chamber, said Mr Trump's announcement does not remove the pressure on his party to come up with a replacement. "Vote will be taken right after the Election when Republicans hold the Senate & win back the House". "We can't run away" from health care, he added, saying that if the party doesn't address the issue: "We'll lose". Last week, Trump promised that the GOP would become the "party of health care" with a much better policy than that of his Oval Office predecessor. Trump claimed Monday night that the House's Medicare for all bill would "cause 180 million Americans to lose their beloved private health insurance", while Cassidy has said the bill would affect "150 million people ... who are now satisfied with their employer-sponsored insurance".

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But, he said, they need to couple it with Republican ideas of how to put the patient in charge and how to improve the health care system. "We Democrats will not stop fighting tooth and nail to protect America's health care, today, tomorrow and on in through 2021". "Some of you, I'm still a bit angry at some of you, but not all of you".

Trump's move suggests he may debate the United States healthcare system during the 2020 presidential polls campaign.

Speaking Tuesday night at the National Republican Congressional Committee's spring dinner, he declared that Republicans "should not run away from health care".

McConnell explained to Trump that senators are open to tackling specific aspects of health care - namely, trying to lower prescription drug prices, according to a person who was granted anonymity to discuss the private call. Republicans, hit hard on health care issues during the 2018 midterm election, had no plans to take up the issue again before the next one.

"This resolution certainly doesn't help solve the problem, but hopefully will allow us to have a productive discussion on healthcare", he said in an emailed statement.

The administration's new legal position is a political gift to Democrats who have vowed to defend Obamacare and its more popular elements, including insurance coverage protections for sick people and a vast expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor. Any plan that adheres to conservative principles on health care will be abhorrent to Democrats and hugely unpopular with the public.

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