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McConnell shuts the door on Trump health care push

McConnell shuts the door on Trump health care push

"It will be truly great HealthCare that will work for America".

McConnell said he made clear to the president that Senate Republicans will work on bills to keep down the cost of health care, but that they will not work on a comprehensive package to replace the Affordable Care Act, which the Trump administration is trying to strike down in court. "We have to be a little bit careful because I don't like the way the votes are being tallied".

"Both political parties agree that the USA health care system is broken, so President Trump's focus on health care is absolutely necessary as we in Congress craft legislation that will cover the most Americans at the lowest possible cost". He didn't want to cede the issue again in the 2020 campaign, according to a person familiar with the conversations who was not authorized to speak publicly.

You might say, well, of course not - Democrats control the House, and they won't approve of any Republican health care plan.

"We're here to condemn what the President did", Pelosi said.

For six years Republicans promised their supporters that action on healthcare - full Obamacare repeal and a cheaper, better replacement - was just a winning election away.

Leading Republicans have been echoing Trump's ACA criticism but have not pointed to any tangible steps to reset American health care on a large scale. "I'm going to focus on drug prices", Scott said when asked about Trump's declaration that the vote would take place after the election. "What a disgrace. The American people will not stand for the President playing cynical games with health care".

McConnell's reluctance to let his caucus get involved again with repealing the Affordable Care Act comes after years that he campaigned aggressively against the law and even put it up for a repeal vote while President Obama was still in the White House.

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"I think you could have a long, drawn-out crisis in which our institutions lose credibility", Levitsky said.

He noted that Republicans beat Democrats on issues like border security, a strong military, taxes, and other issues, but that Democrats could win elections on health care alone. He said that Republicans would win back the House of Representatives if they campaign on a pledge to end Obamacare and replace it in their first vote following the election with a cheaper program that still protects sick people from being denied coverage by insurers. John McCain's "no" vote that killed the repeal-and-replace effort.

Democrats mostly campaigned on health care in the 2018 midterm elections, which they won decisively, returning them to power in the House.

While Republicans gained Senate seats last fall, GOP senators - particularly those up for re-election next year - weren't looking for another fight over the law.

With Democrats controlling the House, any attempt to dismantle the law could not pass Congress.

Health care, especially protections for people with pre-existing conditions, resonates with voters and helped Democrats in the November elections.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2019Reporter: Your administration is making very clear that you think the ACA is invalid.What's your message to Americans?

Those efforts included the Justice Department changing its posture in a court case attacking the Affordable Care Act.