President Trump said Wednesday he will continue trying to toss out all of the Affordable Care Act, even as some in his administration, including Attorney General William P. Barr, have privately argued parts of the law should be preserved amid a pandemic.
The Supreme Court said Monday that it will take up a legal challenge to Obamacare, agreeing to hear the case in its new term that begins in October. That means the program will continue for at least another year.
Two Republican-appointed judges hearing a Trump-backed challenge to Obamacare strongly suggested Tuesday that when Congress eliminated the penalty for not buying health insurance it threw the entire landmark health care law into question, including protections for those with pre-existing conditions.
Sick first responders to the 9/11 attacks gave emotional testimony to Congress on Tuesday, demanding lawmakers extend a compensation fund for those ailing and dying of diseases linked to toxic debris at the disaster sites.
The panelists discussed the administration's new sanctions on Iran and the move to nominate Patrick Shanahan as the country's new defense secretary. The group also recapped President Trump's new calls to lower prescription drug costs.
Trump retreated Monday after an aggressive lobbying effort by Senate Republicans, who warned in a series of phone calls that he risked driving his party off an electoral cliff by forcing Republicans to take ownership of the health care issue.
President Trump is standing by his pledge to brand Republicans the party of health care, but said he is delaying any new push for legislation until after the 2020 elections. The president said in a speech Tuesday the delay was his decision, but it came after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would not revisit health care before the elections.
President Trump announced that Republicans would not present a health care overhaul proposal until after the 2020 election, punting on coming up with a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, which the administration is currently fighting in court to invalidate. The issue now will dominate presidential campaigns in the months leading up to the 2020 election.