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Healthcare Helped Dems Win In 2018--Trump Is Helping Them Do It Again

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During his run for president, Donald Trump promised Americans he would give them "better" and "cheaper" healthcare than they are offered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare.

Like every other Trump promise, though, that was a lie.

The only thing the GOP did for healthcare the first two years of the Trump presidency when Republicans had full control of Congress was to try to revoke it, which would have left millions uninsured.

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Republicans have no replacement for the ACA.

They never have.

2018, though, was a banner year for Democrats when they took control of the House of Representatives in mid-term elections.

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Much of this success was due primarily to Republicans' assault on healthcare.

Now Trump is poised to help Democrats again.

While Trump was preening and posturing over Attorney General William Barr's four-page summary of Special Council Robert Mueller's report into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election that dismissed collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, the president unwittingly re-opened the proverbial healthcare can of worms.

Now all the talk is about healthcare again, and Democrats couldn't be happier.

Feeling emboldened, Trump called on federal courts the end of last month to strike down former President Barack Obama's signature law in its entirety.

Republicans leadership immediately tried to distance itself from the president.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy apparently expressed to Trump his disagreement.

In addition, attorneys general from Ohio and Montana submitted amicus briefs to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals expressing concern that striking down the ACA would be disastrous for patients, doctors, insurers, and employers.

Barely 24 hours later, the president tweeted an apparent volte-face, tweeting:

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