The Republican Party’s replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act is coming – after the 2020 election.
In a series of late-night tweets on Monday, President Donald Trump provided the first clue about Republicans’ timetable to introduce a replacement for former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, vowing that the yet-to-be-developed plan would be “truly great” and “work for America.”
“Vote will be taken right after the Election when Republicans hold the Senate & win … back the House,” Trump tweeted.
In the first of three tweets, Trump said, “Everybody agrees that ObamaCare doesn’t work. Premiums & deductibles are far too high – Really bad HealthCare!”
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“The Republicans … are developing a really great HealthCare Plan with far lower premiums (cost) & deductibles than ObamaCare. In other words it will be far less expensive & much more usable than ObamaCare,” he added.
In his final tweet, Trump said. “Also, Republicans will always support Pre-Existing Conditions.”
Trump’s tweets come a week after his administration renewed its attack on the ACA, also known as Obamacare, siding with a Texas judge’s December 2018 ruling that the entire law should be tossed out.
In a letter filed with the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Justice Department lawyers said that the lower court’s ruling that the health care law is unconstitutional should be affirmed and that the United States “is not urging that any portion of the district court’s judgment to be reversed.”
The next morning, Trump told reporters: “The Republican Party will soon be known as the party of health care – you watch.” He has since repeated the same line many times.
Republicans decried the ACA when Obama signed it into law in March 2010 but have failed in repeated efforts to repeal it, most recently in 2017 with Trump in the White House and Republicans in charge of both congressional chambers.