Trump’s sudden shift to health care scrambles GOP plans


Rep. Joseph Kennedy III responded angrily to President Trump's claim that Republicans are now the party of health care after the Justice Department's abrupt decision to urge a federal court to strike down the law, also known as Obamacare, in its entirety. "It would be a disaster for 100,000 people in my district". Republicans, meanwhile, were left scratching their heads, wondering why the president would bring up a sore subject when he had better news to tout. "The strategy needs to be keeping the focus on Democrats.not on us". And 54 percent of midterm voters disapproved of the president.

"The administration will continue to fight for sole proprietors and small businesses so that they can have the freedom to band together to obtain more affordable, quality healthcare coverage", a Justice Department spokesman said.

"The President, I don't think, really has any idea what he's really saying there".

Democrats overwhelmingly support the Affordable Care Act and introduced legislation this week to strengthen it, so the administration's decision to try to repeal it entirely was a political gift for a party eager to go on offense after the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

"Protecting and strengthening health care is why Democrats are here".

"Enough", tweeted liberal Senator Bernie Sanders. Republicans see an opportunity to exploit that support, painting Democrats as advocating for socialized medicine.

"He's trolling the Democrats by doing this", conservative consultant Patrick Hynes, an advisor to former presidential candidates John McCain and Mitt Romney, told AFP Thursday.

At the heart of 2010's hugely consequential ACA was a mandate that Americans buy health insurance, while also forcing insurance companies to accept all applicants, even those with pre-existing health conditions. "We believe in lowering the cost and that's what we are working on".

Democrats made defending Obamacare a powerful messaging tool in the run-up to the November's elections, when opinion polls showed eight in 10 Americans wanted to defend its most popular benefits, including protections for insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

In July 2018, the New York State Attorney General's Office filed a lawsuit to block efforts by the Trump Administration to dismantle the ACA using the AHP Rule, which would undo critical federal consumer protections and unduly expand access to AHPs without sufficient justification or consideration of the consequences. "Let's see how our Republican colleagues will vote on this", he said.

In 2017, when Congress attempted to get rid of the health care law, Sister Carol told Catholic News Service the legislation was far from ideal, but it was still "an incredible step forward". And Republicans lack a central figure to effectively make the case to the public.

But now, she says, "I'm very disappointed and vehemently opposed to the administration seeking to invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act".

Revamping the nation's health care system isn't exactly the GOP's strong suit. "This is just not a winning issue for him".

"In the South, they put it another way", one senior Democratic lawmaker told Fox News, adding that the president "stepped on his own appendage".