Republicans want Trump to shut up about health care because they have no plan


'Republicans have no credibility when it comes to health care,' one GOP strategist said.

Republicans in Congress have no idea how to improve health care for millions of Americans, so they really want Trump to stop bringing up the issue, according to Tuesday reporting from the Hill.

Trump brought the focus back on the GOP's failed health care policies during a recent interview with ABC News. Trump promised to unveil a brand-new health care proposal —  "something terrific" —  in the next few weeks. Trump made similar promises that health care plans would come out soon in May 2018, November 2018, and March 2019.

The problem? Republicans can't agree on the best way to rip health care away from millions of Americans.

"We don't actually agree with each other on what [the] replacement should be, which means we don't have a replacement that Republicans can unite around," a senior GOP aide told the Hill.

The only thing most Republicans agree on is Trump's current goal, which is the complete repeal of the current law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with no replacement whatsoever. Trump is trying to accomplish this goal through the courts, and most Republicans have refused to stand up to Trump when given an opportunity to do so.

If Trump and Republicans are successful, 20 million people will lose access to health insurance. In addition, key ACA protections, such as prohibiting insurance companies from discriminating against people with preexisting conditions and allowing young adults to remain on their parents' health insurance until age 26, would be eliminated.

The current Trump-Republican health care plan is wildly unpopular, with a majority of Americans in favor of strengthening the current law rather than scraping it altogether.

"It's been a loser of an issue for them," John Weaver, a GOP strategist, told the Hill. "Republicans have no credibility when it comes to health care," he added.

Weaver is correct about the credibility issue, as less than 1 in 4 Americans trust Republicans on the issue of health care.

Yet Trump continues to bring up the issue, forcing the issue into the headlines, and creating headaches for Republicans who want voters to forget about their past actions.

In response to Trump's supposed health care plan, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer expressed skepticism.

"It never comes out," Schumer wrote on Twitter. "Instead they just keep trying to sabotage your health care and suing to end protections for pre-existing conditions."

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.