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Karl Rove: Trump is right, Republicans need a plan for health care

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York Rep. Colin Allred D-Texas House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee D-Texas and other Democrat leaders speaks outside the U How Trump has guaranteed healthcare will be a major election issue
Celia Hoffman | 04 April, 2019, 23:44

"The challenge he has right now is he's running into the political obstacle of a Democrat-controlled House whose idea for health care reform is a $36 trillion one-size-fits-all government-run plan that would take health insurance coverage away from 180 million Americans", Thune said.

The president's abrupt about-face, announced on Twitter on Monday night after talking with Mr. McConnell, all but ensured that health care will take a central place in next year's campaign, elevating an issue Democrats consider one of their strengths. While Trump wanted them to become "the party of health care", they feared it could be for all the wrong reasons if they were forced into a do-over of the tough votes.

Trump pivoted on two big policy fronts this week, easing up on his threats to quickly close the southern border and deciding that a fresh effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act should wait until after the 2020 election.

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. Both senators said they were focused on drug prices - something they said they viewed as achievable - not the broader ACA replacement plan.

Trump touched on the problem in remarks made Tuesday night, when he told the National Republican Congressional Committee that Democrats "have health care right now ..."

The House passed H.

While Trump backed off pushing Congress to take up healthcare now, a survey released on Tuesday by Gallup and the nonprofit West Health showed that Americans borrowed an estimated $88 billion over the past year to pay for healthcare.

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He said a Republican plan would mean most Americans pay lower premiums and deductibles for their healthcare than they now pay under Obamacare, revisiting a promise he made during the 2016 campaign.

Trump told McConnell he "accepted" the situation and "would be developing a plan that he would take to the American people during the 2020 campaign".

Former Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada used the same approach in 2013 to lower the filibuster threshold on most nominations to a simple majority when faced with what Democrats said was GOP obstructionism. "The Republican Party will be known as the Party of Great HealtCare [sic]". You can't do it.

Further, he said, "If you don't support it, you have no chance of winning".

That left more than 100 vacancies for the lifetime appointments on federal courts at the start of Trump's presidency. "The Republican Party will be the champion of preexisting conditions". "They are the party that wants to end your healthcare", Schumer said at a rally on Tuesday. And a clear majority (59 percent) said they have little or no trust in Trump on health care. Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving Democrat in the Senate, said Republicans are stripping rank-and-file members of both parties of a much needed opportunity to vet nominees before they come to the floor for a vote.

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.

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