Trump says vote on healthcare plan can wait until 2020

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Published on April 2, 2019 - Duration: 01:53s

Trump says vote on healthcare plan can wait until 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he was willing to wait until after the 2020 presidential election to get Congress to vote on a new healthcare plan, giving Republicans time to develop a proposal to replace Obamacare.

Zachary Goelman reports.

Trump says vote on healthcare plan can wait until 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump on Twitter promised his Republican Party was developing "a really great HealthCare Plan," but said a vote on that policy would wait until after the 2020 election.

Trump reignited the healthcare debate last week after his administration announced renewed plans to scrap the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "We are gonna have a plan that's so much better than Obamacare.

Obamacare is a disaster.

We're gonna have a plan that is so much better than Obamacare so the healthcare is going very well." The move caught many in his own party off-guard.

Trump named three Republican Senators to craft the proposal but at least one of them on Sunday could not offer even an outline.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) EXCHANGE FROM CBS FACE THE NATION MARGARET BRENNAN: "When are we going to see a proposal?" RICK SCOTT: "Well, first off, I'm glad the president cares about healthcare.

I ran the largest hospital company, I care about the cost of healthcare, and that's what I focused on.

I know it's going to be tough.

I look forward to seeing what the president is going to put out.

With Nancy Pelosi in the House it's going to be tough to get something done." Republicans promised to repeal and replace Obamacare as soon as the ink was dry on the bill.

But they've repeatedly failed to present an alternative.

Three efforts to scrap the law in 2017 came up short.

With the 2020 campaign heating up, Trump may feel that attacking Obamacare will rally his base.

That move could carry risks.

Democrats won the 2018 midterm elections by a margin of almost 9 million votes nationwide.

And Reuters polling found the largest proportion of voters at that time ranked healthcare highest among the issues they said mattered.

Obamacare created subsidies to help buy private healthcare, and blocked insurers from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.

The law has slowly but steadily grown in popularity with each passing year.

If voters believe it's on the ballot in 2020, they could rally to the party that promises to protect, rather than upend, Obamacare.

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