Welch: Trump health care turnaround blind-sided GOP

Welch: Trump health care turnaround blind-sided GOP

Democrats credit the fight over health care with helping them recapture the house.

And late on Monday, Justice Department attorneys filed a letter with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, agreeing with the ruling of a federal judge in Texas who determined late a year ago that because the Trump tax cuts eliminated the Affordable Care Act penalty for not having health insurance, the ACA is no longer constitutional.

One of the first moves Democrats made after regaining control of the House was intervening in the Texas lawsuit to rebut the claim brought by a coalition of 20 Republican-led states.

"It took this administration one day, one work day, to flip back to their true agenda, one their true priorities, which is taking away health care from millions of Americans", the Melrose Democrat said during the weekly House leadership press conference.

Multiple congressional Republicans tell Fox News they are bothered by the timing of the Trump administration's intervention in the matter, which comes on the heels of a favorable outcome in the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the House sustaining the president's veto of a bill to halt the national emergency for the border wall and a Senate vote that shined a spotlight on problems with the Green New Deal, championed by Rep.

"If the Republican Party wants to be, in Donald Trump's words, the party of healthcare, God help the middle class", Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Wednesday on the Senate floor.

Democrats, on the other hand, rejoiced.

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Some on the left had their hopes dashed after the Mueller Russia probe ended this weekend without new criminal indictments, but the party's top strategists - in the presidential campaigns and Congress - have always viewed bread-and-butter economic issues, including access to affordable medical treatment, as the key to their continued electoral success. "We'll wait and see what it is", said Sen.

This seems headed for a showdown in the Supreme Court, and the legal maneuvering could drag on for months or even years.

But Democrats say a new Republican push to end Obamacare could quickly overshadow that victory.

In December, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth, Texas, ruled the individual mandate could no longer be considered constitutional after Trump signed the $1.5 trillion tax cut package passed by Congress that eliminated the penalties.

"I've expressed to my team, if something does happen, we need to be ready to move immediately to protect people who have pre-existing illnesses", the Republican governor told reporters Tuesday.

Critics view the law as a costly government intrusion into the private marketplace, and complain of high deductibles and premiums that price out some middle-income people who do not get subsidized coverage.