Trump suggests deferring GOP health plan push to after 2020

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In a series of late-night tweets, Trump continued to bash President Barack Obama's signature health-care law but said a vote on a replacement would not occur until after the elections - suggesting that he believes he would still be in the White House and that Republicans would control both chambers of Congress at that point.

Trump accuses Democrats of seeking "a socialist takeover of American healthcare", and is certain to take that argument onto the 2020 campaign trail.

McConnell did, however, tell Trump that the senate would do what they could to pass bills that would lower the cost of health care. "We have to be a little bit careful because I don't like the way the votes are being tallied".

"I made it clear to him that we were not going to be doing that in the Senate", McConnell told reporters Tuesday.

Trump has ramped up his assault on ObamaCare after his administration came out in support of a decision by a Texas judge last December that the entire law should be tossed.

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

"Americans need to know where their representatives stand", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at an event Tuesday in front of the Supreme Court to draw attention to Democratic efforts to stand up to the Republican president.

If that happened and the law was not replaced " would have undeniable dramatic effects in NY", said Bill Hammond, a health policy expert with the Empire Center, an Albany think tank.

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We've seen this pattern before: Trump blurts out a promise he thinks everyone will like, but it turns out his party has no interest in pursuing it, and eventually the vow just disappears.

For six years Republicans promised their supporters that action on healthcare - full Obamacare repeal and a cheaper, better replacement - was just a winning election away. "What a disgrace. The American people will not stand for the President playing cynical games with health care". "Man, I was fed a bill of goods", Trump said Tuesday in a speech at the National Republican Congressional Committee's annual spring dinner. John McCain for joining other senators to oppose a last-ditch plan. And according to President Donald Trump, if he wins a second term in 2020, he plans to follow in his predecessor's footsteps, making health care reform the major legislative goal of his second term. After Trump said last week he wanted to try again to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, McConnell faced a revolt from the ranks.

Democrats made the Texas lawsuit a key element in their health care message previous year.

Trump has named three Republican senators, Rick Scott of Florida, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and John Barrasso of Wyoming, to spearhead health care efforts.

Almost 110,000 Central New Yorkers, enough people to fill more than two Carrier Domes to the rafters, would lose their health insurance if the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was scrapped.

As Missouri attorney general, Hawley led his state to join others in bringing the lawsuit aimed at overturning the ACA that the Trump administration is now supporting.

"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.