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The Latest: Schumer says Trump has no magic health care plan

April 02, 2019 - 10:56 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Affordable Care Act (all times local):

11:20 a.m.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says President Donald Trump's new pledge to pull back from producing a health care overhaul plan until after the election means he will "hold Americans hostage through 2020" on an issue that affects millions of people.

The New York Democrat says that when Trump "insists he has a magic plan that we can see if only the American people re-elect him," it isn't true.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California says Democrats' health care battle with Trump is "a values fight."

Democrats have introduced non-binding legislation telling the administration to halt its effort in federal courts to have President Barack Obama's health care law declared unconstitutional.

Schumer and Pelosi spoke in front of the Supreme Court and were joined by two dozen Democratic lawmakers.

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7:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump is suggesting he will defer until after 2020 his push for a Republican health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Trump tweeted late Monday that Congress will vote on a GOP plan after the elections, "when Republicans hold the Senate & win back the House."

Republicans were cool after Trump surprised them last week with an unexpected pivot to the issue and claims the GOP will be the party of health care. Republicans lost control of the House partly because of the health care issue, and they don't yet have a comprehensive plan to replace the law known as "Obamacare."

In tweets, Trump claimed Republicans are developing a plan with cheaper premiums and deductibles that "will be truly great HealthCare that will work for America."

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