Three weeks before Election Day and with coronavirus infections rising, President Trump is highlighting his determination to repeal Obamacare, baffling Republican strategists who say the message undermines his reelection prospects.
On Monday, Trump reiterated plans to replace the Affordable Care Act with “much better healthcare” that would “always protect preexisting conditions.” But the president did not offer a blueprint. Republican strategists say this glaring omission is only part of the political problem that the president is creating for himself on healthcare, a critical issue for voters amid a pandemic.
Obamacare and its mandate that insurance companies cover preexisting medical conditions have grown popular with a majority of voters. So have regulations allowing parents to insure their children through age 26. Vowing to undo the law and pursuing a federal court case to invalidate it on constitutional grounds, as well as bragging about it, reinforce a key advantage for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
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