Trump tells Republicans to embrace health care in 2020 race

Trump tells Republicans to embrace health care in 2020 race

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote Wednesday on a resolution denouncing President Donald Trump's administration and the Justice Department for not defending the federal health care law in a lawsuit brought forward by a coalition of states, in which West Virginia is among the plaintiffs.

But delaying health reform will make it a 2020 election issue as both sides debate its future.

Of course, Trump was clear that the vote would not be taken until "after the Election when Republicans hold the Senate & win back the House".

McConnell's reluctance to let his caucus get involved again with repealing the Affordable Care Act comes after years that he campaigned aggressively against the law and even put it up for a repeal vote while President Obama was still in the White House.

Republicans were cool after Trump surprised them last week with an unexpected pivot to the issue and claims the GOP will be the party of health care. It passed in a largely party line 240 to 186 vote, with backing from nearly all the chamber's Democrats and opposition from all but a handful of Republicans.

To get the speed-up he wants, McConnell is going to preside over a drastic cut in the time the Senate spends debating lower court nominees.

While the president continues to emphasize the importance of pre-existing condition protections, the Republicans' last heath care proposal, supported by the president, undermined such protections. According to AP VoteCast, a survey of more than 115,000 midterm voters nationwide, almost 4 in 10 Democratic voters identified health care at the top of a list of key issues.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) says he is "very optimistic" something can be done on this front after talking to members of the House, Senate, and the White House.

"Everybody agrees that ObamaCare doesn't work", Trump began.

Trump had pledged in recent days to use court action to end Obamacare, the signature law of his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, and said his Republican Party would push over the next few months for a better healthcare plan at lower cost for most Americans.

Senate Republicans on Wednesday slashed required debate time for most of President Donald Trump's nominees from 30 hours to two- a move Democrats say will enable candidates for lifetime federal court positions to avoid scrutiny.

The new rules will allow McConnell to rapidly confirm nominees to USA district courts, two steps below the Supreme Court, and to positions such as the assistant secretary of the Commerce Department - which was the post that triggered Wednesday's fight and rules change. Patrick Leahy, have pushed back against the rules change, saying on the Senate floor Tuesday it is "an erosion of the Senate's responsibility, in fact our sworn constitutional duty to advise and consent". The House plans to vote tomorrow. It said, look, I've talked to the president. "What a ruse. What a shame". "We Democrats will not stop fighting tooth and nail to protect America's health care, today, tomorrow and on in through 2021".

Senator John Thune, R, the No. 2 Senate Republican, said it makes sense to wait until after the election to attempt the large-scale health insurance overhaul the President was suggesting.

All Senate Democrats opposed the move, and they were joined by two Republicans - Susan Collins of ME and Mike Lee of Utah.

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