Trump may have abandoned plan for healthcare overhaul, Washington Post says

The Trump administration reportedly has stopped working on a health plan before the 2020 election, The Washington Post reports, citing people close to the White House.

Rather than come up with a plan to replace the ACA with its own, the Trump administration is focusing on preventing the fallout should a judge rule the ACA unconstitutional next month, one former White House official said.

"There seems to be a decreasing appetite for the 'big plan' reveal and instead just focusing on responding to the 5th Circuit with prudence and a minimum of hysteria," a former senior administration official wrote in an email to the Post. 

Congressional aides confirmed the same information to the Post, and outside conservative groups also said that they have not seen a healthcare plan from President Donald Trump.

The White House denies that it has stopped working on a healthcare plan to replace the ACA, but wouldn't provide the Post with any details about who is working on the plan, what it might contain or when it would be ready. 

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to issue a ruling on the ACA  in October. The ruling is likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court. 

A ruling against the ACA would force President Trump and HHS to answer questions about what will happen to the millions of people who rely on provisions in the ACA for their coverage and consumer protections. 

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