President Trump puts healthcare plan on hold until 2020 elections, local lawmakers weigh in

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President Trump is standing by his pledge to brand Republicans “the party of healthcare,” but said he’s delaying any new push for legislation until after the 2020 elections.

The president said in a speech Tuesday night that the change was his decision. It came after senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said the senate would not revisit healthcare before the elections.

“We’re doing something that is going to be much less expensive than Obamacare,” said President Trump. “For the people. I’m not saying government, I’m saying for the people.”

The president says voters will love his still-unwritten plan. but promises this week have surprised republicans and drawn mockery from democrats.

“They’ll come up with their plan in 2021,” said Chuck Schumer. “Translation? They have no health care plan.”

Polls showed healthcare was the most important issue to voters in the 2018 midterms, when republicans lost control of the house. A recent survey found last year, Americans were estimated to have borrowed about $88 billion to pay for healthcare cost. One in four skipped treatment because it was too expensive.

Heartland Health Services Community Outreach M, Michelle Sanders, said not moving forward with the repeal of ACA is a good thing.

“They have to have a plan in place before replacing something,” said Michelle Sanders. “You just can’t take health coverage away from people and not having something in place.”

So where does Obamacare stand? And what does this mean for people in Central Illinois?

“Right now, we haven’t felt the effect of it. In fact, we’ve been seeing more people in that are needing insurance.”

Democratic Congresswoman Cheri Bustos said she thinks the administration is planning a bait and switch.

“You can’t take somebody’s health insurance away and then have no back up plan. This is not the way to go. We’ve got a problem with prescription drugs. We have a problem with a cost of affordable healthcare that’s acceptable to everyone and doing away with the ACA and not having anything to replace it is just not an option for our families. It’s a bait and switch. We have the administration saying that they totally want to get rid of the ACA and at the same time, while they want to get rid of it, they have no alternative, so they’re saying ‘hey just trust us.'” 

Republican Congressman Rodney Davis said: 

“Enrollment in Obamacare is down 7% in Illinois because costs have risen 108% since 2013 and people are opting to not buy insurance. We need real solutions that lower costs, protect pre-existing conditions and increase employer-sponsored health insurance, which is where the majority of people get good, quality health coverage. Unfortunately, the only thing we’ve seen from this new Democrat majority is a non-binding resolution that does nothing to fix the rising costs within Obamacare and unrealistic bills like Medicare-for-All, which would ultimately eliminate private health insurance. Both sides need to stop talking past each other and find solutions for the American people.”

Republican Congressman Darin LaHood added: 

“Since being elected, I have been a strong advocate in protecting individuals with pre-existing conditions, while fighting to bring more competition and lower costs to the healthcare marketplace. Last Congress, I voted to do just that while the Senate failed to pass legislation doing the same. As the Senate is choosing to postpone moving forward with legislation until after the 2020 election, I stand committed to supporting meaningful legislation that truly combats the skyrocketing costs to healthcare and provides more avenues for Americans to be covered.”

Sen. Dick Durbin also weighed in on the announcement:  

“President Trump and his Department of Justice have turned to right-wing activist judges to advocate for the immediate and total elimination of the Affordable Care Act, which would throw away protections for people with pre-existing conditions and kick millions of people off their health insurance plans. This vague promise that they’ll have a great new health care plan in a year and a half, despite the fact that they have had no viable replacement plan for the last decade, isn’t realistic or smart. We should be working together to improve the ACA for all Americans, not sabotage it.”

Sen. Tammy Duckworth also weighed in: 

“Donald Trump has made it clear he wants to take away healthcare from tens of millions of Americans with his recent Justice Department ruling, which could result in 5 million Americans with pre-existing conditions losing critical protections. Congressional Republicans have absolutely no plan to replace the Affordable Care Act despite having 10 years to come up with one. We cannot — and will not — stop fighting to protect our health care and to prevent insurers from once again discriminating against the sick and those with pre-existing conditions.”

Last year, a federal judge in Texas ruled that all of Obamacare is unconstitutional, though that decision is on hold as it moves through the courts. 

It may eventually end up at the supreme court, and if that ruling is upheld, millions of people would be at risk of losing their current healthcare.

For now, operations will continue as normal. 

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