GOP Lawmakers Keeping Clear of Trump’s Obamacare Attacks

Written by on May 3, 2019

Congressional Republicans are distancing themselves from President Donald Trump’s attacks on Obamacare, The Hill is reporting.

The Trump administration joined a coalition of Republican-led states on Wednesday in asking a federal appeals court to entirely overturn Obamacare.

“They’re going to do what they’re going to do,” Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said of administration officials. “What we have to worry about is what our members are working on, what we’re trying to do and how we’re communicating that to the American people.”

And Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa declined to say whether he supported the administration’s latest move against Obamacare.

“The president can message whatever he wants to message, and there’s no control I have over what he can message,” Grassley said. 

One Senate GOP strategist added: The last thing Senate Republicans want to be doing is participating in an exercise that would potentially remove coverage from people with pre-existing conditions that they already have. Candidates in tough races will be emphasizing how to improve on what currently exists.”

Instead of attacking Obamacare, many congressional Republicans are focusing their criticism on the “Medicare for all” proposal backed by some Democrats, according to The Hill. Republicans point to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office which said the government spending on healthcare would “increase substantially” under the proposal.

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said lawmakers should focus on bipartisan fixes to Obamacare instead of pushing a completely new system.

Source: NewsMax Politics

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