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'We need a plan': GOP shaken by Trump's healthcare demands - Source Politico

Posted on Mar 28,2019
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Republican senators and GOP aides said that if President Donald Trump wants them to move forward with big changes, he needs to propose them himself. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

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By ALICE MIRANDA OLLSTEIN and BURGESS EVERETT

WASHINGTON, DC. - President Donald Trump says the GOP is now the “party of health care.” But Republicans have no real plan to deliver on that.

Trump’s unexpected demand that Republicans take another crack at replacing Obamacare came on the heels of his Justice Department backing a lawsuit intended to gut the entire law. The last time the party tried to get rid of Obamacare, it cost them control of the House and several state capitols.

Those lessons aren’t lost on Republicans. They know the more they talk about repealing Obamacare, the more likely it is that the battle over the health law and the popular protections for people with pre-existing conditions drags into the 2020 elections, damaging vulnerable Republicans. They’d rather slow-walk the issue while sticking to health care topics that have appeal on both sides of the aisle.

“We’re going to be involved in health but most of it is going to be very, very bipartisan, unlike the issue you’re bringing up, which would not be very bipartisan,” said Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the leader of the Senate Finance Committee.

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