Democrats are 'irrational' on health care reform

01 April, 2019, 11:09 | Author: Jerome Frank
  • Loss of Obamacare would mean significant changes for many Americans: A.M. News Links

"The Department of Justice has determined that the district court's comprehensive opinion came to the correct conclusion and will support it on appeal", Kerri Kupec, spokesperson for the Justice Department, said in a statement.

DeWine also said Tuesday that he supports another part of the Affordable Care Act that allows parents to keep their children on their health-care policy until age 26 - though, unlike pre-existing conditions, he didn't make the same promise to keep that provision in OH if the federal law is overturned.

Republicans, the former RNC leader added, "saw the costs paid in 2018" over health care-meaning that Democrats achieved a majority in the House of Representatives.

"You watch." But Steele stressed to "Morning Joe" co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski the following morning that Trump is making it easier for Democrats to paint the GOP as the party that wants to deprive Americans of health care.

Kennedy then asked McEnany how President Trump could convince the Democrats to work with him on a healthcare solution.

Trump on Tuesday called on Republicans to revive the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., accused the Trump administration of "broadening its monstrous ambitions from destroying protections for pre-existing conditions to tearing down every last benefit and protection the Affordable Care Act provides". There is little popular support for ripping out all private health-care coverage (obtained through employers or otherwise) and even less for taking health-care coverage away from 20 million people.

What Democrats propose is the sort of step-by-step expansion of Obamacare that both Republicans and Sen.

Trump upped the ante Wednesday when he told reporters in the Oval Office that "we'll have a plan that is far better than Obamacare" if the ACA is overturned.

Whether the White House or Congress should take lead is "still being decided", the official said, among other issues officials are working out in senior staff meetings on Thursday. In 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, which requires uncovered people to sign up for a plan or face a tax penalty.

And if Democratic presidential candidates don't get too loud and contentious about their differences over how to achieve universal coverage, that's probably the where the battle lines will stay. Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, who chairs the Senate's health committee, explicitly referred to the Justice Department's surprise brief as "a dubious legal theory and we won't know for a long time whether it succeeds". He pledged to "always protect Americans with pre-existing conditions". "But more substantively, we should be finding areas where we can fix healthcare, and not continue this division of [repealing] Obamacare with no hardcore proposal as to what we're going to do about the millions of folks that are potentially adversely impacted". That's why so many Republicans are looking at their party's disarray on the issue and lack of a consensus alternative plan and wondering if the damage they suffered last November might have been just a preview of 2020.

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