Published: Fri, April 05, 2019
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

Trump's muddled message on GOP, health care

Trump's muddled message on GOP, health care

"The Republicans are developing a really great HealthCare Plan with far lower premiums (cost) & deductibles than ObamaCare", Trump wrote Monday night in a series of tweets after speaking to McConnell.

But Republican leaders in Congress quickly shied away from the issue and pushed him to reconsider. "The challenge he has right now, he is running into the political obstacle of a Democrat-controlled House, whose idea for healthcare reform is a $36 trillion, one-size-fits-all government-run plan that would take health insurance coverage away from 180 million Americans".

Trump's latest policy twists come after the conclusion of the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation and as the president is turning his attention to his 2020 campaign.

This will essentially turn the Senate into the House, but it will also make it much easier for Democrats to pass legislation if they regain control of the Senate in 2020. Translation: they have no health care plan.

"I made it clear to him that we were not going to be doing that in the Senate", McConnell told reporters Tuesday.

Democrats won control of the House of Representatives in November elections after campaigning heavily on strengthening Obamacare.

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".

"As health care is pushed to the forefront of the 2020 agenda, our polling suggests President Trump may struggle to attract voters with his promise of a new plan", said Tyler Sinclair of Morning Consult.

President Donald Trump Wednesday morning did an about-face, a week or so after he renewed his battle against the Affordable Care Act that bears the name of his number one nemesis.

McConnell, no stranger to obstructionist tactics himself, said the situation had gotten out of hand, with the Senate taking 128 votes to end debate on Trump's nominees during his first two years in office, far more than under other presidents.

He said one of the major reasons Democrats won control of the House a year ago was because Republicans did not have a healthcare plan to put forward to voters.

The Republican Party will become "The Party of Healthcare!" You can't do it.

"Don't let President Trump fool you, America". Republicans are not the party of healthcare.

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), who took a lead role in drafting the new proposal, said he has tried to get a bipartisan deal that would have changed the rules under the normal procedure, hoping that Democrats would want a potential president of their party to benefit from the faster confirmation process. I never asked Mitch McConnell for a vote before the Election as has been incorrectly reported (as usual) in the @nytimes, but only after the Election when we take back the House etc. Republicans will always support pre-existing conditions!

Several of the leading candidates for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination, including a number of current USA senators, have already made healthcare a major part of their campaign message.

In changing the rules, Republicans accused Democrats of trying to block the formation of Trump's administration and the federal judiciary by dragging out the confirmation of noncontroversial nominees merely to create procedural gridlock.

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