Trump Says Republicans Will Vote on New Health Care Plan After 2020 Elections

TOPSHOT – US President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 28, 2019. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump said in a string of Monday night tweets that Republicans won’t be voting on a new health care plan until after the 2020 elections.

“The Republicans are developing a really great HealthCare Plan with far lower premiums (cost) & deductibles than ObamaCare,” Trump tweeted. “In other words it will be far less expensive & much more usable than ObamaCare. Vote will be taken right after the Election when Republicans hold the Senate & win back the House.”

The comment comes as the Trump administration has abruptly shifted its focus back to health care over the past 10 days, beginning with Trump directing the Department of Justice to support a full dismantling of the Affordable Care Act on constitutional grounds. The Justice Department intervened in a federal case on behalf of a Texas judge who ruled the law is unconstitutional because of the new Republican tax law.

Democratic leaders on Tuesday slammed the administration’s latest effort to to roll back President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

“President Trump confirmed he will hold Americans hostage through the 2020 election on health care,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said at a press conference outside the Supreme Court.

“They have no health care plan,” Schumer said. “It’s the same old song they’ve been singing. They’re for repeal, they have no replace.”

“Don’t let President Trump fool you,” he added. “They are not the party of health care. They are the party that wants to end health care.”

“The potential consequences of this politically motivated move can’t be overstated,” Schumer said, pointing to what he said would be higher premiums, higher prescription drug prices and growing costs for women and seniors.

“The cruel list goes on and on,” he said.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Allan Smith and Adam Edelman