Democrats mock Trump over healthcare delay, prepare for 2020 battle
- Author: Aubrey Nash Apr 05, 2019,
Apr 05, 2019, 0:28
In this September 5, 2017 photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., right, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Congressional leaders and administration officials in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington.
"We'll all promise it's going to be our first vote because we blew it the last time", he said, referring to multiple attempts by Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, when they were in the majority from 2017 to 2018.
"I made it clear to him that we were not going to be doing that in the Senate", McConnell told reporters Tuesday. "It will be on full display during the Election as a much better & less expensive alternative to ObamaCare".
Senate Republicans voted to invoke the so-called nuclear option Wednesday to change rules to reduce debate time on the confirmation process for certain Trump nominees.
Calling it an effort to take away Americans' healthcare, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to condemn the Trump administration's courtroom bid to eliminate Obamacare.
Trump said on Tuesday he and Republicans would draw up a new healthcare plan ahead of the 2020 election and implement it soon afterward.
No matter what Trump would have people believe, Democrats are the party of health care - and have always been so - and Republicans are the party of taking away people's coverage.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump will "hold Americans hostage through 2020" on an issue that affects millions of people.
He then urged Republicans not to "run away" from the issue, saying that if they did, they would get "clobbered".
Republicans who obstructed Garland's nomination are now claiming this new change is necessary because of "historic obstruction" by Democrats against Trump's judicial nominees.
You might say, well, of course not - Democrats control the House, and they won't approve of any Republican health care plan. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. He said McConnell "said at the time that 'you're going to come to regret this decision, ' and I will say this about him, he was right". Both senators said they were focused on drug prices - something they said they viewed as achievable - not the broader ACA replacement plan.
"The Republican Party will become 'The Party of Healthcare!'" he tweeted on March 29.
The GOP plan is to indefinitely restore rules in place during the first few years of President Barack Obama's second term.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said he would wait to see what the White House produced in consultation with leaders of the Democratic-controlled House.
But other Democrats, McConnell said, indicated behind the scenes that they could support the rules change provided that it wouldn't take effect until the next administration.
"He started this whole thing that we've been wrestling with since 2003, cooked it up, convinced his colleagues to do it", McConnell said.
Such protections would require government intervention, such as subsidized insurance for several million people with pre-existing conditions who could neither get insured through their employers, nor afford premiums on the individual market.
"The comprehensive campaign by Senate Democrats to delay Senate consideration of presidential nominations is now more than two years old", McConnell said.