Braun: Have a concrete plan for health care

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President Trump backed off plans to introduce a Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act after Senator Mitch McConnell privately warned him that the Senate would not revisit health care in a comprehensive way before the November 2020 elections.

What makes this widespread Republican subscription to asinine conspiracy theories about election stealing especially risky is that it reflects and feeds their leader's inability to accept electoral setbacks as legitimate.

Trump insisted Tuesday it was his idea to switch course.

The slow count from California should not have come as a surprise: It happened in the June 5 primary as well, and in the 2016 primary and general election. "I want to put it after the election". While Trump wanted them to become "the party of health care", they feared it could be for all the wrong reasons if they were forced into a do-over of the tough votes. Trump's motivations were as political as they were legislative. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. "This is all about avoiding close scrutiny for extreme ideological nominees that Republicans want to pack onto the federal courts for lifetime appointments".

"I've been rebuffed for two years; not a single Democrat has been willing to join us", Lankford said.

Trump and McConnell had not spoken for days.

Even as President Donald Trump promises his administration is putting together "a great health care plan", two senior White House officials said Wednesday no one is crafting an actual health care bill. Facing a revolt from the ranks, McConnell told the president he needed him to listen, according to a person who was granted anonymity to discuss the private call. "That means to solve the problems and lower the prices".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is expected to use the nuclear option to bypass democrat obstruction of the president's nominees. Trump said in a series of tweets on April 1.

"So we don't have a misunderstanding about that", McConnell said Tuesday. Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving Democrat in the Senate, said Republicans are stripping rank-and-file members of both parties of a much needed opportunity to vet nominees before they come to the floor for a vote.

That arrangement suits Democrats just fine. But after Democrats had such enormous success running on health care in 2018, they'll be doing their best to make sure the issue is front and center in 2020.

This will essentially turn the Senate into the House, but it will also make it much easier for Democrats to pass legislation if they regain control of the Senate in 2020.

"I think the right decision was made to make sure we get our ducks in a row, throw the onus on the industry in the meantime, have senators and congressmen that know a little bit about it like me to start prodding the industry, because I think it's going to take more than their own self-correction", Braun told CBN News.

A coalition of 20 states, including West Virginia, brought forward a lawsuit arguing the health care law is unconstitutional, noting the repeal of the individual mandate provision in the 2017 tax law. "We have to protect and can not run away from a thing called preexisting conditions".

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