House votes to condemn Trump support for Obamacare repeal

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, speaks during an event to call for the protection of affordable healthcare for those with preexisting conditions during a press conference in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC on April 2, 2019.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, speaks during an event to call for the protection of affordable healthcare for those with preexisting conditions during a press conference in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC on April 2, 2019.

The Democratic-held House voted Wednesday to condemn the Trump administration’s support for a lawsuit which aims to toss out the Affordable Care Act.

The resolution will have little practical effect along with likely will not get a vote inside GOP-held Senate. nevertheless by approving the measure, Democrats aim to put pressure on House Republicans ahead of a 2020 election which the party again wants to frame as a referendum on GOP attempts to scrap the health-care law.

which passed the House by a 240-186-1 vote, as one Republican member voted “present.” Eight GOP lawmakers — many of whom could face tough reelection bids next year — supported the measure. Only one Democrat — Rep. Collin Peterson, an Obamacare skeptic whose Minnesota district overwhelmingly backed President Donald Trump in 2016 — voted against the resolution.

Trump reignited sparring over the ACA, known as Obamacare, last week when his Justice Department backed a federal judge’s ruling which the entire law is usually unconstitutional. After Republicans in Congress showed no appetite for reopening the politically perilous fight over reforming the health-care system, Trump said he would certainly wait until after next year’s election to push to replace the law.

Still, Democrats have tried to use the lawsuit against Trump, as which would certainly toss out Obamacare along with its common protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. The party will likely target House Republicans who voted against the resolution, which freshman Rep. Colin Allred, D-Texas, introduced.

Allred was one of the Democrats who won a GOP-held seat in last year’s midterms while running on health care as his primary issue. His party flipped 40 net Republican seats in November, in no smaller part because of GOP attempts to repeal the health-care law. which became more common in 2017 as voters saw the various GOP proposals to replace which.

The Democratic resolution says the Justice Department’s actions “are an unacceptable assault on the health care of the American people.” which calls on the Trump administration to reverse its position along with “protect individuals with pre-existing conditions, seniors struggling with high prescription drug costs along with the millions of people inside United States who newly gained health insurance coverage since 2014.” Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion went into effect which year.

The House members who broke with their parties on the vote are listed below. All of the lawmakers are either considered among the more centrist members of their party or could face a difficult reelection bid next year.

  • Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.
  • Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y.
  • Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn.
  • Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y.
  • Rep. Denver Riggleman, R-Va.
  • Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J.
  • Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Minn.
  • Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.
  • Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich.

Resistance to Obamacare repeal unites a Democratic caucus which has not coalesced around the best way to expand health-care coverage. Republicans have hammered Democrats over some members’ support for a “Medicare for All” plan which would certainly guarantee health insurance for every American along with, depending on which edition of the proposal, could eliminate private insurance entirely.

In criticizing Obamacare on Monday, Trump tweeted which “even the Dems want to replace which, nevertheless with Medicare for all, which would certainly cause 180 million Americans to lose their beloved private health insurance.”

The president claimed Wednesday which he “was never planning a vote prior to the 2020 election” on health care. In a tweet, he also claimed Republicans are “right now developing” a “much better & less expensive” Obamacare alternative which “will be on full display” during the election. which is usually not clear which the GOP is usually developing any plan or whether which will actually lower prices or expand coverage.

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he told Trump the Senate would certainly not revisit health-care reform before the 2020 election. He recently told Politico which he is usually “focusing on stopping the ‘Democrats’ Medicare for none’ scheme.”

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