Trump Punts, Says GOP Will Unveil Health Care Plan ‘Right After The Election’

Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) listens while US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before a meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill March 26, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) listens while US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before a meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill March 26, 20... Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) listens while US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before a meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill March 26, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS

President Donald Trump, perhaps realizing the political cudgel he had handed Democrats with the renewed Obamacare attack, tweeted Monday that Republicans would wait to unveil their healthcare plan alternative until “right after the election.”

The punt could also be a result of Republicans not actually having a plan. Reports surfaced Monday that Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) was pitching in on the effort, which did not seem very far along in its development. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) washed his hands of the issue entirely, clearly unwilling to make a second run at an issue that provided a huge win for the Democrats and humiliation for his caucus last time around.

Democrats have hungrily gobbled up the chance to make yet another election about health care, which plays right into the narratives of many 2020 contenders who are focusing on bread and butter issues.

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