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McConnell to Trump: We're not repealing, replacing Obamacare

McConnell to Trump: We're not repealing, replacing Obamacare

President Donald Trump said Republican health care reform will only come after the 2020 election when, the president assumed, the GOP will retake the House of Representatives and have enough votes to pass a replacement of the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare.

"What Leader McConnell, President Trump and Republicans in the Senate are trying to do is use the courts to adopt a far-right agenda that Republicans know they can not enact through the legislative process", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said shortly before the rules change.

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

In his late-Monday tweets, Trump claimed Republicans are developing a plan with cheaper premiums and deductibles that "will be truly great HealthCare that will work for America".

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.

That's because the guarantee that people with preexisting conditions can get health coverage only exists because of the Affordable Care Act, and if Republicans succeed in any of their attempts to destroy the ACA - most recently with the lawsuit the administration is supporting that would tear out the ACA, root and branch - that protection would be eliminated.

She also responded to the president lamenting during a Republican event Tuesday that Democrats "have health care" as a winning policy issue and they "need to take that away from them".

President Donald Trump (C) walks with Senate Majority Leader Sen.

Trump Admin Steps Up Threats to Shut Down Mexico Border
They closed the makeshift holding area over the weekend and moved the migrants to a place with more shelter. The President has flipped between pulling back on his warning to Mexico and doubling down on his efforts.

On health care, Trump plunged into the fight again last week, prompted by a court deadline.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump will "hold Americans hostage through 2020" on an issue that affects millions of people. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. "This is all about avoiding close scrutiny for extreme ideological nominees that Republicans want to pack onto the federal courts for lifetime appointments". He said that Trump "insists he has a magic plan that we can see if only the American people re-elect him".

That's not how congressional Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader McConnell, understood Trump's sudden shift to the issue last week. Forty-eight percent of voters said they either strongly approved or somewhat approved of the health care law, while only 30 percent disapproved. "They're for repeal. They have no replace".

"I was disappointed when we were talking about repeal only without a credible plan to replace", Indiana Sen. "We have to protect and can not run away from a thing called preexisting conditions".

"The Justice Department has not only refused to defend hundreds of thousands of West Virginians with pre-existing conditions but gone even further to argue against the constitutionality of the entire Affordable Care Act". You just don't want to say it because you're afraid of the press.

But other Democrats, McConnell said, indicated behind the scenes that they could support the rules change provided that it wouldn't take effect until the next administration.

Trump accuses Democrats of seeking "a socialist takeover of American healthcare", and is certain to take that argument onto the 2020 campaign trail.

"The comprehensive campaign by Senate Democrats to delay Senate consideration of presidential nominations is now more than two years old", McConnell said.

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