Trump's ACA replacement coming 'fairly shortly,' White House staffer says

President Donald Trump plans to release an ACA replacement plan "fairly shortly," according to The Hill.

The news came after White House aides and administration officials — including HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CMS Administrator Seema Verma — met at Camp David in Maryland over the weekend to discuss healthcare, CNN reports.

"I do think you'll see a plan here fairly shortly," Mick Mulvaney, President Trump's acting chief of staff, told Fox News Sunday.

President Trump said April 1 that a vote on a replacement for the federal healthcare law can wait until after the 2020 election. On April 7, Mr. Mulvaney indicated that the impending healthcare plan would offer campaign talking points for Republicans, according to CNN.

"Republicans have better ideas than Democrats. We should not be afraid to talk about that," Mr. Mulvaney said on Fox News. "We want to run on this."

President Trump recently announced a renewed focus on healthcare and developing a legislative ACA replacement. His administration also recently said it supports a judge's ruling that the entire ACA should be invalidated.  

Meanwhile, Senate Republicans who were chosen by the administration to help with healthcare legislation have not been leaping to lead the effort, according to Politico. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., says a new plan must come from President Trump's administration, and Mitt Romney, R-Utah, has only said he and colleagues are "working on healthcare thoughts." 

 

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