Published: Tue, April 02, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump's Obamacare trash fire will burn Alabama

Trump's Obamacare trash fire will burn Alabama

A federal court has blocked a new rule by the Trump administration that allows health insurance plans that are cheaper than Obamacare and offer fewer consumer protections.

President Donald Trump is telling associates he does not expect a Republican-backed lawsuit to strike down all of Obamacare in the courts will prevail - even as he champions an effort to make the GOP the 'party of health care'.

Justice Department attorneys last week filed a letter with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans asking to effectively strike down the ACA - also known as ObamaCare - in its entirety, agreeing with the landmark ruling made by a federal judge in Texas a year ago.

It is not yet clear what type of plan the administration believes could clear the Democratic House and GOP-controlled Senate. "You know what? We'll do it a different way", Trump told his supporters at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday night.

"Without Tom pushing it, I don't think we would have had Romneycare", Romney said in an obituary for Thomas Stemberg, a Boston-based business exec who pushed for the health care overhaul. "It's good. It's important". And Trump's push to lower drug prices would use an innovation program that tests drug cost modeling - and was created by Obamacare.

In the Texas case, Trump could lose by winning. Those that have been set up are now in limbo - a Justice Department spokeswoman said after Bates' ruling that the administration is "considering all available options", including an appeal.

It was that concern - and qualms about the legal justification for the move - that drew objections from Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Attorney General William Barr and White House counsel Pat Cipollone as the White House debated its position on the Texas lawsuit, which was brought by a coalition of Republican-led states. No such working group appears to exist, however. "Guarantee health care to all people as a right".

Romney's office confirmed the senator is part of "preliminary talks" with some of his colleagues, including Sen. "That's Trump's health insurance plan", he said.

The President's comments about the senators amounted to the latest attempt by the White House to reassure the public that it will have a replacement plan ready by the time the courts render a final judgment.

Lawmakers are all saying Trump has to come up with a plan, that they're not going to do it.

There's no sign that his administration has a comprehensive health care plan, and there doesn't seem to be a consensus among Republicans in Congress.

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