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McConnell to Trump: We're not repealing, replacing Obamacare

McConnell to Trump: We're not repealing, replacing Obamacare

"I made it clear to him that we were not going to be doing that in the Senate".

It was a rare public disclosure of private counsel from the Republican leader.

Trump insisted Tuesday it was his idea to switch course.

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. "I want to put it after the election".

The past week's events have virtually guaranteed that health care would be a core issue in the 2020 election campaign. "Vote will be taken right after the Election when Republicans hold the Senate & win back the House", he said.

"Republicans failed to pass any of their health care plans in Congress, so they're trying to repeal health care in court".

Trump and McConnell had not spoken for days.

Just last week, President Donald Trump promised that any minute now, Republicans were going to produce a plan to solve all the problems in the health care system, one that would be, and I quote, "spectacular".

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.

Heading into 2020, Trump sees border security and health care as key issues for his political base and he is expected to keep pushing them even if he dials back specific threats.

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"Not any longer", McConnell said, answering that question.

To many, the Washington whiplash was another reminder that Trump tweets first and governs later. "We don't have a misunderstanding about that".

President Donald Trump signaled Monday night that he will not press for a vote on a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act until after next year's elections, apparently heeding warnings from fellow Republicans about the perils of such a fight during campaign season.

That arrangement suits Democrats just fine. "What's our plan?" Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said after their meeting. Lindsey Graham, Sen. John Barrasso, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen.

Trump's Justice Department had previously said that it should be only partly overturned.

"We're here to condemn what the President did", Pelosi said. They have no replace.

Trump predicted that he would still be in office and both chambers would be controlled by Republicans. He said Tuesday that "spending quality time to develop a comprehensive strategy" would be "critical". John McCain's "no" vote that killed the repeal-and-replace effort.

Almost 110,000 Central New Yorkers, enough people to fill more than two Carrier Domes to the rafters, would lose their health insurance if the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was scrapped. According to AP VoteCast, a survey of more than 115,000 midterm voters nationwide, almost 4 in 10 Democratic voters identified health care at the top of a list of key issues. Although they had fiercely opposed the law since 2010, it gradually became more popular with voters and was considered a chief factor in last November's Democratic victories that cost the GOP control of the House of Representatives.

He predicted that a district court decision that struck down the entire Affordable Care Act "is not likely to survive all the way to the Supreme Court".

The failure by Republicans to overturn the Affordable Care Act has always been a sore point for the president.


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