Just last week the president had seemed to go all in on a new effort to repeal Obamacare.Bloomberg|Apr 02, 2019, 11.26 PM ISTReuters“Everybody agrees that Obama-Care doesn’t work,” the president said in three tweets Monday night.Washington: President Donald Trump said Republicans would wait until after the 2020 election to hold a vote on a replacement for Obamacare, abruptly halting a push he began just last week and guaranteeing that the issue will take center stage in his re-election campaign.
He made the shift in a series of Twitter posts late Monday night, saying that the “Vote will be taken right after the Election when Republicans hold the Senate & win back the House.”
The posting ended a week-long scramble by GOP lawmakers to come up with an Obamacare alternative after the administration unexpectedly changed its position in a lawsuit by arguing that Obamacare should be entirely struck down. Trump’s Justice Department had previously said that it should be only partly overturned.
A final court ruling in that case is likely to come before June 2020. If Trump wins in court, there could be swift and widespread chaos and uncertainty in American health care at least until an alternative system is put in place as the array of changes to industry regulations, subsidies for low-income individuals and delivery system reforms would be undone.
“Everybody agrees that Obama-Care doesn’t work,” the president said in three tweets Monday night.
“The Republicans are developing a really great HealthCare Plan with far lower premiums (cost) & deductibles than ObamaCare. In other words it will be far less expensive & much more usable than ObamaCare. Vote will be taken right after the Election when Republicans hold the Senate & win back the House.
“It will be truly great HealthCare that will work for America. Also, Republicans will always support Pre-Existing Conditions.” Some lawmakers were critical of Trump’s announcement. “We have to tackle this issue, we can’t run from it just because it’s a political hot potato,” Republican Representative Mark Green of Tennessee said Tuesday on Fox Business News “Mornings With Maria” programme.
Most congressional Republicans, however, are in no mood to return to the battlefield. Although they had fiercely opposed the law since 2010, it gradually became more popular with voters and was considered a chief factor in last November’s Democratic victories that cost the GOP control of the House of Representatives.
In the House elections, health care ranked as the top issue for voters. Those voters preferred Democratic candidates by a striking margin of 75%to 23%, according to exit polls published by CNN. Democrats won 40 seats and captured the majority after eight years.
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