Trump tells House GOP to be more 'paranoid' about vote counts

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President Trump surprised many in his own party when he declared that Republicans would be the party of health care, prompting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to tell him this week he had no plans of taking up comprehensive health care reform with a Democratic-controlled House.

"What Leader McConnell, President Trump and Republicans in the Senate are trying to do is use the courts to adopt a far-right agenda that Republicans know they can not enact through the legislative process", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said shortly before the rules change.

"I made it clear to him that we were not going to be doing that in the Senate", McConnell told reporters Tuesday. According to the president, the GOP is creating "a really great HealthCare Plan with far lower premiums (cost) & deductibles", which would also be "far less expensive & much more usable" than the 2010 Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare.

Trump vowed in the 2016 presidential election to end Obamacare but failed to do so during his first two years in power, despite Republicans controlling both House and Senate.

Republican lawmakers are breathing a sigh of relief that the Trump administration backed away from seeking an immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan, and instead will take the issue on the 2020 campaign trail. This can apply to both the general and the specific; in this case, Trump promised that the GOP would be "the party of health care", and he said Republicans "will take care of preexisting conditions better than they're taken care of now".

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Schumer mocked Trump for pushing off the healthcare debate past the elections.

The survey also showed that more than two-thirds of Republicans and Democrats said they are "not at all confident" that elected officials will be able to work together to reduce healthcare costs.

As an example, McConnell said senate Republicans would be "working on prescription drug pricing and other issues".

Republicans who obstructed Garland's nomination are now claiming this new change is necessary because of "historic obstruction" by Democrats against Trump's judicial nominees.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accomplished the change by making a point of order, which was upheld by a 51-48 vote.

"We didn't have an alternative [to the Affordable Care Act]".

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"We're going to come up with a healthcare plan". Forty-eight percent of voters said they either strongly approved or somewhat approved of the health care law, while only 30 percent disapproved.

But other Democrats, McConnell said, indicated behind the scenes that they could support the rules change provided that it wouldn't take effect until the next administration.

Previously, the Justice Department sought to eliminate Obamacare's individual mandate, which requires people to have health insurance, as well as protections for those with preexisting conditions.

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Senator John Thune, R, the No. 2 Senate Republican, said it makes sense to wait until after the election to attempt the large-scale health insurance overhaul the President was suggesting.

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