Call to end Affordable Care Act is 'immoral,' says CHA president

Trump says GOP senators are working on an Obamacare replacement and it will be ‘spectacular

Trump says GOP senators are working on an Obamacare replacement and it will be ‘spectacular

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is not behind the Trump administration's latest move to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a report from Axios.

"The taxing authority by Congress that led to the legitimate reason for Obamacare being upheld is gone", White House aide Kellyanne Conway told reporters on Tuesday.

The Trump administration, however, is not waiting for Congress to change the health care system, particularly Obamacare. It's arguing that the law is unconstitutional because Congress repealed fines on people who remain uninsured.

President Donald Trump's decision to revive the fight over Affordable Care Act has stirred a political and policy debate among Republicans on how best to approach the divisive issue heading into the 2020 election.

Republican senators, caught off-guard by the administration's reversal, have scrambled to ensure coverage for preexisting conditions will continue in case the ACA is overturned before a replacement is in place. Sen.

"The Republican Party is going to be known as the party of taking health care away from millions of Americans", said Julian Castro, an Obama administration Cabinet official and now more than a dozen Democrats running for president.

This seems headed for a showdown in the Supreme Court, and the legal maneuvering could drag on for months or even years.

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(The Washington Post via Getty Images, FILE) President Donald J. Trump speaks, with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar by his side, during an event on lowering drug prices in the Rose Garden of the White House, May 11, 2018.

The disconnect over who is primarily responsible for drafting a replacement plan underscores how unpopular the President's decision is and how hard the path ahead could be for a party that failed to pass health care legislation when they controlled all three branches of government - a monopoly Republicans no longer enjoy. He slammed the current law as a "disaster" and referred to the court case underway in federal court.

In 2010, the bishops withheld their support for the health care legislation because of what they saw as "fundamental flaws", such as a lack of conscience protection and failure to exclude elective abortions from health plans subsidized with federal funds.

"They don't have any proposal whatsoever, and in fact, many Republicans oppose this decision that came out of nowhere from the President, because many of my Republican colleagues on the Energy & Commerce Committee are working with us to try to make improvements in the health care system".

"It is a top-of-mind issue for voters; and for Republicans, having a health care plan is very important".

Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, said Democrats hold an "enormous advantage" because Americans trust Democrats over Republicans on reforming health care.

"In the South, they put it another way", one senior Democratic lawmaker told Fox News, adding that the president "stepped on his own appendage". Here we are, a decade later, they still have no plan they can submit to Americans.... "But it does help to shine a spotlight back for an issue that they believe will be helpful to them".

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