US House voting Wednesday on 'Obamacare' resolution; Senate introduces own measure


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell threw cold-water on President Trump's renewed calls to overhaul the nation's failing medical system Tuesday; telling reporters the GOP Senate is not interested in totally repealing and replacing Obamacare.

President Trump backed off plans to introduce a Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act after Senator Mitch McConnell privately warned him that the Senate would not revisit health care in a comprehensive way before the November 2020 elections.

He pointed to the Democrats' control of the House, and said it was his understanding that Trump would develop a health care plan he could tout during the 2020 campaign, in case Republicans win back both chambers of Congress.

And according to President Donald Trump, if he wins a second term in 2020, he plans to follow in his predecessor's footsteps, making health care reform the major legislative goal of his second term. 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.

Trump's new tweets shifted his rationale for the "Obamacare" fight. He often retells the story of the late Arizona Sen.

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. "Also, Republicans will always support Pre-Existing Conditions". John McCain's "no" vote that killed the repeal-and-replace effort. They had no comprehensive proposal to replace the ACA law and no big plans to unveil one.

Facing a court deadline, Trump seized on health care last week, backing a lawsuit seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act.

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Trump doubled down Wednesday morning, saying he believes health care "will be a great campaign issue" for Republicans.

Mr Trump met Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill, some of whom later said the White House did not offer any plan for a new law during their talks.

The measure condemned the Trump administration's support for invalidating the 2010 health care law in its entirety. Democrats would be happy with a plan that did all the "spectacular" things Trump regularly claims - protecting preexisting conditions, insuring everybody, doing it all for much less than we pay now. "The Democrats, they let you down".

Democrats charged McConnell with hypocrisy as he, Trump and other Republicans boasted about the fast pace of confirming judicial nominees while complaining about obstruction by Democrats.

Last week, the Trump administration told a federal appeals court it wants the entire Affordable Care Act struck down, an outcome that could leave millions of people uninsured.

Ever the braggadocious salesman, the president in his Monday night tweets decried the Obama-era law as "really bad HealthCare!" and boasted that his party was "developing a really great HealthCare Plan with far lower premiums (cost) & deductibles than ObamaCare".

Most congressional Republicans, however, are in no mood to return to the battlefield. They needed to take the House, then the Senate, then the presidency. "I don't like it, and you don't like it either". But Thune said, "you run into that wall of reality", of a divided Congress with Democrats in control of the House, which requires bipartisanship.