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

04 April, 2019, 06:25 | Author: Cynthia Curry
  • Trump Says Vote On Healthcare Plan Can Wait Until After 2020 Election

Reversing himself in the face of Republican consternation, Mr. Trump said his party would not produce a health care plan of its own, as he had promised, until after the elections, meaning he will only try to fulfill his first-term promise to repeal and replace his predecessor's signature program if he wins a second term.

The Republican National Committee passed a resolution in January declaring "undivided support" for the president after merging the party and Trump's re-election campaign, and Florida's GOP chairman said the state party there was essentially a regional arm of the campaign, reported the New York Times.

A draft of the principles is circulating within the administration, according to one official, who could not offer a timeline of when it might be made public because the process is in the early stages.

"He did say, as he later tweeted, that he accepted that and he would be developing a plan that he would take to the American people during the 2020 campaign", McConnell said.

Democrats, however, were willing to vote for such a proposal only if it did not take effect until after the 2020 election, a move Republicans rejected.

Eliminating Obamacare has always been on the Republican party's wishlist, and was a key campaign promise from Mr Trump.

Amid Donald Trump's recently renewed calls for dismantling the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, a new poll showed that Americans had more trust in former President Barack Obama and Democrats when it came to health care policy.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he told the president Senate Republicans do not have any interest in a health care bill while Democrats control the House.

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As an example, McConnell said senate Republicans would be "working on prescription drug pricing and other issues".

The Virginia freshman, a member of the hard-line Freedom Caucus, explained his vote partly as one to protect pre-existing conditions, which he said "hit close to home for me and I campaigned on continuing healthcare coverage for those affected".

"The president's view will make 2020 all about healthcare", House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said.

While Trump's references on Tuesday night were not specific, he claimed corruption and fraud previous year in Florida and Arizona elections, where close races took considerable time to resolve.

Heading into 2020, Trump sees border security and health care as key issues for his political base and he is expected to keep pushing them even if he dials back specific threats. John McCain's "no" vote that killed the repeal-and-replace effort.

Those conventions have been whittled away by both Democrats and Republicans in recent years as the mood in Washington has become more and more polarized, however, with each party accusing the other of misusing the rules. They want to let insurers offer junk insurance that covers nearly nothing. In response, I argued that he was putting his party in an uncomfortable position by forcing Republicans to talk about an issue they would much prefer to avoid altogether.

"Don't let President Trump fool you, America. They came up with Obamacare and it is awful".

South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune said the decision was "just probably a realistic assessment of what the field looks like for the next couple of years", in a reference to the Democrats' control of the House of Representatives.



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