Trump's 'party of health care' lacks a plan

Trump Administration Asks Court To Totally Repeal Obamacare

Trump Justice Dept. Asks Court of Appeals to Erase Obamacare

Grassley pointed out that repealing Obamacare clearly would not be a bipartisan effort with Democrats.

Mulvaney and Joe Grogan, the head of the White House's Domestic Policy Council, pushed back on Cipollone's concerns, believing the ruling would force Congress' hand to pass legislation repealing and replacing Obamacare, two sources said.

With the Trump administration refusing to defend the Affordable Care Act in federal court, state Senate Democrats moved Wednesday to guarantee that some protections would be required in Washington.

Some GOP political strategists are skeptical.

"If you can't afford health care, there is no access, even if health care is available", Khan said. One White House official said legislative affairs aides have not been involved in discussions about developing legislation that would replace the health care law.

A group of 17 mostly Democratic-led states including California and NY on Monday argued in court papers that the law was constitutional because the individual mandate is a " lawful choice between buying insurance or doing nothing". "By resurfacing old battles about stripping away popular elements of the current health-care system, Trump is likely to embolden and unite Democrats who seek to make health care a top issue in 2020", they wrote, citing Amy Walter of the left-leaning Cook Political Report. Instead, aides said, Trump's rhetoric largely amounted to a recognition of the political significance of the issue to his re-election prospects.

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"The GOP will never stop trying to destroy the affordable health care of America's families", Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said Tuesday.

Aside from this return to health care, the White House is pursuing a limited legislative agenda, with reining in prescription drug prices and passage of a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico as its priorities. South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham encouraged Trump over the weekend to get back to governing to capitalize on good will generated by the end of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

The disconnect over who is primarily responsible for drafting a replacement plan underscores how unpopular the President's decision is and how hard the path ahead could be for a party that failed to pass health care legislation when they controlled all three branches of government - a monopoly Republicans no longer enjoy.

Some Republicans argued that while the Affordable Care Act did some good things for health care, such as covering pre-existing conditions and ending limits on benefits, the law isn't flawless. Sen.

Members of the MA delegation have vowed to protect the Affordable Care Act and broaden its protections in the face of a new Justice Department effort to eliminate the law.

The administration decision appeared rushed to some.

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ACA opponents say it gives the government too much control over health care and doesn't do enough to control costs. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trump on Wednesday described the lawsuit as "phase one". And if the high court scrapped the law, he vowed, "we will have a plan that's far better than Obamacare".

Sen. Braun said that Republicans can only become the party of health care when they take a completely "fresh look at things", often with new lawmakers such as Sen. Overall the issue was a potent one for Democrats, for whom those concerned most by health care voted by a 3 to 1 margin.

On Wednesday the president repeated his prediction that the GOP would be "the party of great health care".

The Supreme Court has upheld the health care law twice in previous challenges. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana.

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

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