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Trump: Vote on healthcare can wait until after 2020 election

  • Published at 09:05 pm April 2nd, 2019
US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump listens during a meeting to "discuss fighting human trafficking on the southern border"in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, US, February 1, 2019 Reuters

Trump's vow last week that the Republican Party will be 'the party of healthcare' caught his fellow Republicans off guard after the Justice Department backed a lawsuit intended to wipe out Obamacare

US 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.

Congressional Republicans have been unable thus far to draft a proposal to replace Democratic President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act despite frequent vows to do so in recent years.

Trump's vow last week that the Republican Party will be "the party of healthcare" caught his fellow Republicans off guard after the Justice Department backed a lawsuit intended to wipe out Obamacare, which has helped millions of Americans get health insurance.

In a series of tweets on Monday night, Trump said Republicans are developing "a really great HealthCare Plan with far lower premiums cost & deductibles than Obamacare."

"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," he said.

Trump's move suggests he is willing to debate the future of the US healthcare system during the 2020 presidential election campaign rather than try to reach agreement on a plan sooner.