GOP Planning "Really Great" Healthcare Plan for After 2020 Election

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GOP Planning "Really Great" Healthcare Plan for After 2020 Election

President Trump says Republicans will pass "a great health care package" after the 2020 election.

Democrats on Tuesday embraced U.S. President Donald Trump's call to revive a fight over healthcare coverage, ensuring a prominent role for the issue in the 2020 election as Trump seeks a second term in office.

The reform plan "will be far less expensive & much more usable than ObamaCare". "Even the Dems want to replace it, but with Medicare for all, which would cause 180 million Americans to lose their beloved private health insurance".

Republicans were cool after Trump surprised them last week with an unexpected pivot to the issue and his claims the GOP will be the party of health care.

The plan will mandate health insurance companies cover Americans with pre-existing conditions, the most popular Obamacare component. A Quinnipiac University poll last week found 55% of Americans supporting the improvement and not the replacement of the nation's health care system.

Georgia Republican Senator David Perdue, who appeared earlier on America's Newsroom Tuesday echoed the same sentiment as Sanders and Conway, blaming Democrats for their "unwillingness" to work with Republicans on health care.

Trump's tweets dialed back expectations that Republicans would be able to pass major health care legislation before the 2020 election, but his promise of a vote that would hinge on a Republican takeback of the House ensures nonetheless that health care will figure prominently in 2020.

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Sanders' latest defense of the GOP's inability to produce any Obamacare alternative gives credence to claims by Senator Chuck Schumer and other Democrats that Republicans simply don't have one to offer.

Congressional Republicans were caught off guard by Trump's rapid shift to focus on health care last week, which was set off by his abrupt decision to direct the Justice Department to intervene in a federal court case seeking to eliminate the ACA in its entirety on constitutional grounds. The appeals process will likely stretch into next year.

Trump and his fellow Republicans had vowed in the 2016 presidential election to "repeal and replace" Obamacare but failed to do so during their first two years in power, despite control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

McConnell said he was fine with lawmakers working on narrower health care issues - such as prescription drug prices- but, he stressed that "we will not be doing comprehensive [health care] in the Senate".

Trump's effort to repeal former President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law narrowly failed in the Senate in 2017.

White House officials were quick to tell CNN that Short had gotten ahead of White House deliberations.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley defended Trump's tweet, saying it was impossible to vote now on any Republican plan in the Democratically-controlled House.

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