Something went wrong with the connection!
 Breaking News
  • Kalank makes Sonakshi happy Actress Sonakshi Sinha says essaying the role of Satya in Kalank has been a very fulfilling experience. The actress has been applauded for the role of Satya in Abhishek Varman’s...
  • Ash-Abhi set vacay goals Bollywood couple Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan are setting vacation goals by sharing moments of their holiday in the Maldives with their daughter Aaradhya. On April 18, they were...
  • Ranveer trolls himself Ranveer Singh knows how to laugh at himself. The actor, who is popular for his wacky fashion choices, played along with social media trollers and shared a meme comparing his...
  • No hurry for kids Singer-actor Nick Jonas and his wife and actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas are not looking to expand their family just yet. The 26-year-old musician was asked by Extra if he and...
  • Bipasha in marital bliss Marriage has been a fulfilling experience for actress Bipasha Basu, who will clock three years of marital bliss with actor Karan Singh Grover. She is lucky to have a husband...
  • Jaypee group offers apology to homebuyers NOIDA Uttar Pradesh: In a fresh attempt to retain control over its realty arm Jaypee Infratech, crisis-hit Jaypee group’s promoters have apologized to thousands of distressed home buyers and promised...
  • Central Florida cities among fastest growing in US ORLANDO, Florida: When it came to population growth last year, cities in central Florida grew by stadiums. Metro Orlando grew by 60,000 residents last year, almost as large as the...
  • Hawaii council passes bill to slow growth of monster houses HONOLULU: A Hawaii city council has passed a bill to restrict the size of monster houses. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported April 18 that the Honolulu City Council passed a bill...
  • Private equity firms rapidly investing in mobile home parks IOWA CITY, Iowa: Mobile home owners who for years have enjoyed some immunity from rising housing costs are increasingly finding themselves subjected to massive rent increases, not just here in...
  • Michigan School for the Blind to reopen as housing next year LANSING, Michigan: The historic Lansing campus where the Michigan School for the Blind operated for more than a century is on track to reopen as a housing development by early...

Health care repeal off the to-do list for GOP lawmakers

Health care repeal off the to-do list for GOP lawmakers
April 11
14:03 2019

WASHINGTON: “Not any longer.” And with that, a triumphant Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to close the book April 2 on a divisive Republican debate, convincing President Donald Trump to shelve plans to replace the Affordable Care Act until after the 2020 election.
“I made it clear to him that we were not going to be doing that in the Senate,” McConnell told reporters.

It was a rare public disclosure of private counsel from the Republican leader. And it signaled that, after two years in Trump’s Washington, Republicans on Capitol Hill are figuring out how to handle the President and his impulsive swerves on policy.
Trump insisted April 2 it was his idea to switch course.

“I wanted to delay it myself,” Trump said during an event at the White House. “I want to put it after the election.”
Facing a court deadline, Trump seized on health care at towards the end of last month, backing a lawsuit seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act. Trump’s motivations were as political as they were legislative. He didn’t want to cede the issue again in the 2020 campaign, according to a person familiar with the conversations who was not authorized to speak publicly.
“We’re going to keep the presidency, and we’ll vote in the best health care package we’ve ever had,” he said.

Trump and McConnell had not spoken for days. The President stunned Republicans in the last week of March by announcing he wanted to try again to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, insisting the GOP could become the “party of health care”. Republicans wanted no part of a do-over after their failure to replace the law in 2017. Facing a revolt from the ranks, McConnell told the President he needed him to listen, according to a person who was granted anonymity to discuss the private call.

McConnell explained to Trump that senators are open to tackling specific aspects of health care – namely, trying to lower prescription drug prices. But Trump’s promised big, new health care bill wasn’t going happen with Democrats running the House. Instead, Trump could focus on the issue during the election.
Several times McConnell told Trump to listen, the person said. And it worked. Trump told McConnell he “accepted” the situation and “would be developing a plan that he would take to the American people during the 2020 campaign”. That night, Trump tweeted as much.

“So we don’t have a misunderstanding about that,” McConnell said April 2.
Trump’s shift – he tweeted late April 1 that Congress will vote on a GOP plan after the elections ”when Republicans hold the Senate & win back the House” – made clear that the health care debate will be left for voters to decide during the race for the White House.

That arrangement suits Democrats just fine. They are denouncing Trump’s attempt to overturn the ACA in court and floating various health care plans, including an expansion of government-funded Medicare with so called “Medicare for All”, setting up a stark contrast between the parties for the campaign trail.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump will “hold Americans hostage through 2020” on an issue that affects millions of people. He said that Trump “insists he has a magic plan that we can see if only the American people re-elect him”.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said Democrats’ health care battle with Trump is “a values fight”.
After Trump dropped the issue on Republicans in Mach, many hoped it would just go away. They had no comprehensive proposal to replace the ACA law and no big plans to unveil one. Publicly and privately, Republicans tried to talk to Trump.

McConnell has made it clear Republicans should spend their time attacking “Medicare for All” proposals rather than revisiting the ACA debate, according to a Republican granted anonymity to discuss the private thinking.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a Trump confidant, called shifting the debate to 2021 “a very pragmatic decision”. He said April 2 that “spending quality time to develop a comprehensive strategy” would be “critical”.

Trump’s effort to repeal former President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law narrowly failed in the Senate in 2017 when Republicans controlled both chambers in Congress. He still blames the late Sen. John McCain for joining other senators to oppose a last-ditch plan.
While Republicans gained Senate seats last fall, GOP senators – particularly those up for re-election next year – weren’t looking for another fight over the law. They saw how the issue played in 2018, when Democrats made it the cornerstone of their successful drive to win back the House.

Preserving health care protections, and especially for people with pre-existing conditions, resonates with voters. According to AP VoteCast, a survey of more than 115,000 mid-term voters nationwide, nearly four in 10 Democratic voters identified health care at the top of a list of key issues.

As Democrats have blamed Republicans for trying to end the ACA, GOP-backed challenges to the 2010 law are making their way through courts.
In March, the Trump administration told a federal appeals court it wants the entire Affordable Care Act struck down, an outcome that could leave millions of people uninsured.
In his late-April 1 tweets, Trump claimed Republicans are developing a plan with cheaper premiums and deductibles that “will be truly great HealthCare that will work for America”.
Republicans appeared relieved that, for now, that battle will be fought during the campaign, rather than in Congress.

The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Thune of South Dakota, said the President “has some big ideas and, to his credit, wants to solve problems”. But Thune said, “you run into that wall of reality”, of a divided Congress with Democrats in control of the House, which requires bipartisanship.
“Trying to convey what the obstacles are to getting what he wants to get done in the next two years is something I think a number of our members conveyed to him,” Thune said. AP

Comments

comments

Related Articles

E-paper Latest Edition

Subscribe to our Digital Edition

Epaper

ADVERTISEMENT-TIECON 2019

Cricket With Hotstar

ADVERTISEMENT – HOTSTAR

Cricket With Hotstar

ADVERTISEMENT – INKASA INTERIORS

Inkasa Interiors | Interior Designer in Delhi

ADVERTISEMENT – TRACY HILLS

Tracy Hills

ADVERTISEMENT – Ponderosa Homes

Ponderosa Homes

ADVERTISEMENT – Robson Homes

Robson Homes Builders - Silicon Valley

50 SPIRITUAL APPETIZERS – VINOD DHAWAN

50-ad-Indiapost

It’s a lovely book. It feels energetically clear and light. It’s easy to read, dip in and out and most importantly it offers information without fluff! Blessings on this project.

Jac O’Keeffe
Spirituality teacher based in USA.

*Available on Amazon, Flipkart & other online stores*

ADVERTISEMENT – Star Tours

Star Tours

ADVERTISEMENT – Global Holidays

Global Holidays Early Bird Discounts

POPULAR CATEGORIES

Follow us On Twitter

#BreakingNews -- Anytime now, PM @narendramodi to address the nation with an 'important message'. | #narendermodi
h J R
@Indiapost_News
Watch @frankislam in conversation with Capt Krishan Sharma about his journey. #SouthAsiaMonitor #WashingtonCalling… https://t.co/U1YSvlV0cI
h J R
@Indiapost_News
On the anniversary of their martyrdom day, we salute the sacrifice by our Indian national heroes Shaheed-E-Azam Bha… https://t.co/I7S8ed6SU7
h J R
@Indiapost_News

Facebook

Subscribe To Our Mailing List

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Subscribe to IndiaPost by Email

Download Media Kit