President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that Republicans are working on a “really great HealthCare Plan” but it will have to wait until after the 2020 elections.
Trump made the announcement while haranguing the Democrats over some members' “Medicare for All” proposals.
“Everybody agrees that ObamaCare doesn’t work. Premiums & deductibles are far too high - Really bad HealthCare! Even the Dems want to replace it, but with Medicare for all, which would cause 180 million Americans to lose their beloved private health insurance,” Trump wrote.
First, Medicare for All would replace those private health insurance plans with, you know, Medicare, a program that 77 percent of recipients say provides sufficient coverage according to a Gallup poll. Meanwhile, Gallup found that nearly 80 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the cost of health care.
Trump, whose party tried and failed to pass multiple health care bills that would have cost tens of millions of people their health coverage, claimed that this time the Republicans will develop a “really great” plan with “lower premiums (cost) & deductibles.”
“Vote will be taken right after the election when Republicans hold the Senate & win back the House.”
The move comes after numerous reports found that Republicans don’t actually have a plan they could propose. Republican Senators Rick Scott and Mitt Romney have been floated as potential point-men on the would-be bill after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Trump that health care, an issue that killed Republican candidates in the midterms, was his prerogative, according to Politico.
Trump plays right into Dem hands with health care push:
Trump’s renewed push to kill Obamacare and the coverage the program has provided to tens of millions of people couldn’t make Democrats any “happier,” CNBC reported.
“The one lasting effect of the repeal and replace debate is that the ACA is actually more popular than ever. That will make it harder to talk about repealing and replacing it,” Larry Levitt, the senior vice president for health reform at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told the outlet. “The repeal and replace debate in 2017 did the one thing that seemed impossible: which was to make the ACA popular.”
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s polling, 60 percent of voters said it was a “good thing” the Senate did not repeal Obamacare, compared to 35 percent who said it was a bad thing.
More than 60 percent of Americans said they had an unfavorable view of the Republican health care plan, compared to just 28 percent who had a favorable view. The House-approved plan, for example, would have left 23 million people uninsured by 2026.