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Mitch McConnell passes health care replacement back to Donald Trump

March 29, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hinted Thursday he would not be leading President Trump’s push to repeal Obamacare, instead opting to focus on opposingDemocrats’ plans for Medicare.

“I look forward to seeing what the president is proposing and what he can work out with the speaker. ... I am focusing on stopping the ‘Democrats’ Medicare for none’ scheme,” the Kentucky Republican told Politico.

Mr. Trump said he tasked specific Senate Republicans Thursday to form a “really great” health care plan and follow through with his promise to make the Republicans “the party of health care.”

“We will take care of pre-existing conditions better than they’re taken now,” he told reporters. “And I’ve already gotten rid of the individual mandate, which was the worst part of Obamacare, where you had to pay for the privilege of not getting bad insurance.”

The Trump administration said Monday the entire Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional, due to Congress’ decision to gut the “individual mandate” to hold insurance.

Tom Howell Jr. contributed to this article.