Trump's ACA replacement coming 'fairly shortly,' White House staffer says

Henrietta Strickland
April 10, 2019

Meanwhile, Mick Mulvaney, the president's acting chief of staff, says there will be a plan coming "fairly shortly" from the administration.

White House aides and administration officials - including Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - huddled at the historic Maryland property on Saturday to discuss the general path forward for President Trump's health care policy, White House aides said. The Kansas House approved an insurance bill on an 84-39 vote that includes provisions to exempt health coverage offered by the Farm Bureau from state insurance regulation, anticipating that the nonprofit group could offer lower-cost products to thousands of individuals and families.

Trump's push to make Republicans the party of health care in recent weeks caught the entire party off guard, forcing Trump to back off the legislative push a bit in a tweet last week when he said a new plan would be "on full display" during the 2020 election.

It's clear that a week into the Trump-mandated makeover as the "Party of Health Care", few lawmakers want ownership of an issue proven toxic to Republicans' political futures. Those most qualified to craft a plan have no interest in the job, while others eager for another repeal effort aren't gaining traction. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) won't say more than he and colleagues are "working on health care thoughts".

That hasn't stopped the White House from pushing ahead with its search for a plan. "Republicans have better ideas than Democrats". "We want to run on this".

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