Trump doubles down on ObamaCare decision
"We are going to be, the Republicans, the party of great health care"
President Trump on Wednesday defended his administration’s controversial decision to back a legal effort to strike down the entirety of former President Obama’s signature health care law.
Trump also pledged the Republican Party would have a “far better” health care proposal than ObamaCare if the law is eventually thrown out by the Supreme Court.
“If the Supreme Court rules that ObamaCare is out, we'll have a plan that is far better than ObamaCare,” the president said at the White House.
The Justice Department on Monday changed course by arguing in a brief memo that the entire ObamaCare law should be invalidated. Its previous position was that the law’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions were unconstitutional.
The administration's decision to ramp up its legal fight against the law surprised Democrats and some Republicans and stirred controversy on Capitol Hill.
The timing of the administration's decision seemed ideal for Democrats, who were on the back foot after Attorney General William Barr released a four-page summary on Sunday of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe that was favorable to Trump.
It handed them an issue that was seen as a primary factor in the GOP's loss of the House just last year, and was immediately used to fuel Democratic attacks that the Trump administration is determined to take away people's health care.
“I understand health care now, especially very well. A lot of people don't understand it, we are going to be, the Republicans, the party of great health care,” Trump said, repeating a pledge he made on Tuesday. “The Democrats have, they've let you down, they came up with Obamacare, it's terrible.”
The Justice Department is siding with a ruling from U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, who said last December that the entire law is unconstitutional because the GOP’s 2017 tax law overturned ObamaCare’s individual insurance mandate.