• April 19, 2019

Democrats welcome fight as Trump tees up 2020 healthcare battle


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats on Tuesday embraced U.S. President Donald Trump’s name to revive a struggle over healthcare protection, making certain the difficulty will dominate the 2020 presidential election and Trump’s bid for a second time period in workplace.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delivers remarks at a Nationwide Portrait Gallery Girls’s Historical past Month reception in Washington, U.S., March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Trump final week stepped up his assault on Democratic predecessor President Barack Obama’s signature 2010 healthcare regulation by directing the Justice Division to oppose it in court docket and promising an unspecified Republican different.

In a sequence of late-night posts on Twitter on Monday, nonetheless, Trump shifted course, saying there could be no vote on any healthcare laws till after subsequent yr’s election.

Republicans are growing “a very nice HealthCare Plan with far decrease premiums (value) & deductibles than Obamacare,” Trump stated, referring to the Inexpensive Care Act signed into regulation by Obama.

“Vote will probably be taken proper after the Election when Republicans maintain the Senate & win again the Home,” he stated.

Whereas that timeline would give Republicans extra time to knit collectively a substitute for the Inexpensive Care Act, all of it however ensures a 2020 battle over a problem that helped Democrats wrest management of the U.S. Home of Representatives final yr.

“When the president has instructed his Division of Justice to remove the Inexpensive Care Act, them’s combating phrases,” U.S. Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated in an interview with Politico on Tuesday.

Trump and his fellow Republicans had vowed within the 2016 presidential election to “repeal and exchange” Obamacare however failed to take action throughout their first two years in energy, regardless of management of each the Senate and the Home of Representatives.

Democrats made healthcare a signature challenge within the 2018 midterm congressional election, and are gearing up for a repeat protection subsequent yr.

“Healthcare will probably be entrance and heart,” Democratic U.S. Consultant Ben Ray Lujan advised MSNBC on Tuesday.

Lujan, who’s in search of a Senate seat in 2020, cited widespread points of the regulation, akin to protections for pre-existing situations that may very well be threatened by Republicans, and stated Democrats’ safety of the regulation may assist them additionally win management of the higher chamber.

Candidates for the celebration’s 2020 presidential nomination, together with plenty of present U.S. senators, have additionally hinged their candidacy on the difficulty.

Afterward Tuesday, the Democratic-led Home plans to take up a decision condemning the Justice Division’s authorized assault on the regulation. Democrats from each chambers additionally rallied towards it in entrance of the Supreme Court docket.

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Modifying by Bernadette Baum

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