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Trump: ObamaCare Plan Will Wait Until After 2020

President won't push for an alternative before the election
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2019 7:13 AM CDT
President Trump speaks at the 2019 Prison Reform Summit and First Step Act Celebration in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 1, 2019.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – President Trump shifted strategy on ObamaCare in a series of late-night tweets: He still hates it, but he won't push for a Republican alternative until after the 2020 election, reports Bloomberg. "Everybody agrees that ObamaCare doesn’t work," he wrote. "Premiums & deductibles are far too high." He said the GOP is working on a better, cheaper solution, adding, "Vote will be taken right after the Election when Republicans hold the Senate & win back the House." The tweets come after a week in which Trump's White House got newly aggressive against ObamaCare, first by arguing in court that the entire law should be declared unconstitutional. Then Trump himself promised that the GOP "will soon be known as the party of health care."

However, Politico reports that GOP leaders made clear to the White House they did not want to make ObamaCare a focal part of the 2020 election, because they were hurt on the issue in the midterms. As Bloomberg points out, the law has gradually become more popular with voters. Democrats already have seized on the administration's aggressive court strategy and are planning a resolution to condemn an "unacceptable assault on the health care of the American people," per USA Today. That would force House Republicans, assuming they back the president, to go on the record as agreeing with the strategy to kill the entire law. One thing not changing: Both Trump and Republicans are still going after Democrats' "Medicare for All" initiatives. (Trump suffered a blow on his small-business health insurance plan.)

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