President Donald Trump predicted in a post-Christmas tweet that Democrats and Republicans will ‘eventually’ join to develop a ‘great’ health plan.
The president pointed in his early morning missive Tuesday morning that the new tax cut law includes a repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate requiring people buy insurance.
‘Based on the fact that the very unfair and unpopular Individual Mandate has been terminated as part of our Tax Cut Bill, which essentially Repeals (over time) ObamaCare, the Democrats & Republicans will eventually come together and develop a great new HealthCare plan!’ Trump wrote.
President Donald Trump tweeted that ‘will eventually come together and develop a great new HealthCare plan!’ Here he speaks on the phone at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida
He was following up on a Christmas-day tweet promising to get back to work, on a day when he spent the day golfing and tweeting at Mar-a-Lago, his Florida resort property.
‘I hope everyone is having a great Christmas, then tomorrow it’s back to work in order to Make America Great Again (which is happening faster than anyone anticipated)!’
Polling has shown the individual mandate was the least popular element of Obamacare – provisions protecting people with pre-existing conditions and other benefits score better than slapping people with a tax if they don’t buy insurance.
A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll said 42 percent of Americans would maintain the mandate, while 55 per cent would repeal it. But Axios reported support for the mandate grew when people learned most Americans already had insurance that would satisfy the requirement.
President Trump said Republicans and Democrats would work together on health care. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., attend a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in Emancipation Hall to honor Filipino veterans of World War II on October 25, 2017
President Trump tweeted about the tax law’s repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, from left, speaks as U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, listen during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
Democrats in Congress have shown little appetite for going along with Trump on helath care, resisting multiple GOP efforts to repeal President Obama’s signature legislative proposal.
The latest government statistics this year showed 8.8 million people signed up for Obamacare under the federal exchange, just short of the 9.2 million last year, and with an open enrollment period about half as long.
The White House has also been talking up the idea of working with Democrats on an infrastructure plan to fund new roads and bridges.