- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Rep. Madeleine Dean said Wednesday President Trump’s calls for the repeal of Obamacare was “a cruel joke.”

“For the president to have played, I think, absolutely foolishly with the notion of our health care, and the millions of people who have gotten coverage, whether it’s pre-existing conditions or kids staying on your coverage, it’s a cruel joke that this president is going through,” the Pennsylvania Democrat said on CNN’s “Right Now.”

She also responded to the president lamenting during a Republican event Tuesday that Democrats “have health care” as a winning policy issue and they “need to take that away from them.”

“Our Democratic caucus won’t let that happen,” Ms. Dean said. “Can you imagine using this as a political football? The health care? The health and well-being and the very lives of Americans?”

Mr. Trump said Wednesday he “was never planning” on issuing a replacement to Obamacare prior to the 2020 election, adding a plan is in development and will be used as a “campaign issue” next year.

While Mr. Trump has said Republicans will be known as “the party of health care,” he tweeted Monday they would resume efforts to replace Obamacare “when Republicans hold the Senate & win back the House.”

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

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