White House not crafting health care legislation as the president suggests

White House not crafting health care legislation as the president suggests

Ronald Pratt
April 5, 2019

There is "no question" that campaigning against Democrats' call for a Medicare-fits-all program would be effective, but Republicans can also work with Trump on solutions to drive down costs, said Thune. Fifty-four percent of respondents said that they have a lot or some trust in Democratic lawmakers to protect or improve health care, compared to 41 percent who said the same about Republicans. But in keeping the issue at the forefront, the president put fresh attention on the GOP's long-running and thus far unsuccessful effort to end ACA.

But on Tuesday, McConnell told reporters that he had told Trump just that.

Nor did it stop Democrats from calling attention to the health care issue Wednesday.

Senate Republicans voted to invoke the so-called nuclear option Wednesday to change rules to reduce debate time on the confirmation process for certain Trump nominees.

And he's right. If the GOP is not offering an alternative, they're playing defense.

The GOP's bitter internal fight over health care in 2017 remains a sore subject for the president. Since mail ballots have to go through signature verification (just like in-person ballots go through at polling places), it takes a while to count them. Republicans, hit hard on health care issues during the 2018 midterm election, had no plans to take up the issue again before the next one.

As for Trump, his decision to push the health care debate to 2021 comes after saying last week the Republican Party would be known as "the party of health care". The sudden move stunned GOP leaders on Capitol Hill. Any plan that adheres to conservative principles on health care will be abhorrent to Democrats and hugely unpopular with the public. He said the delays are a relitigation of the 2016 presidential election. Just eight Republicans joined majority Democrats in voting to urge the administration to reverse its assault against Obamacare, as the 2010 Affordable Care Act that overhauled the US healthcare system is popularly known. President Donald Trump has pledged to repeal and replace Obamacare since the early days of his administration.

Ireland won't countenance checks on its exports at European Union ports
Mr Macron told reporters that France and Ireland would be the countries most impacted by a no-deal outcome. He was speaking at a news conference after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

"I was disappointed when we were talking about repeal only without a credible plan to replace", Indiana Sen.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2019...

McConnell says he wants Senate Republicans focusing on bills to keep health care costs down, not comprehensive replacement plans and Sen.

McConnell explained to Trump that senators are open to tackling specific aspects of health care - namely, trying to lower prescription drug prices.

The two high-profile examples cited most often are Thomas Farr and Ryan Bounds, two Trump judicial nominees who were not confirmed despite overcoming a first procedural vote.

Given the polling data, Altman and Brodie say that Trump's strategy of focusing on health care as the 2020 election heats up probably won't work, even as "it hands the Democrats a huge political opportunity".

The president outlined his vision Tuesday night for Republicans to campaign on his plan in the 2020 election and then vote on it right after the election, assuming Republicans hold the White House and Senate, while also regaining the House. That night, Trump tweeted as much.