Mulvaney: Republicans Will Produce a Health Care Plan 'Shortly'; 'We Want to Run on This'

By Susan Jones | April 8, 2019 | 7:07am EDT
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( - White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told "Fox News Sunday" he thinks the American public will see the Trump administration's health care plan "fairly shortly."

Before the 2020 election?

"Oh, yes, we want to run on this," Mulvaney said. "Keep in mind, Democrats have already admitted that Obamacare doesn't work. That's why they're out there talking about this sort of amorphous Medicare-for-All. They're not talking about how great Medicare -- excuse me, Obamacare is, because they know it's broken."

President Trump put health care front and center for Republicans late last month, when he tweeted: "The Republican Party will become the Party of Great HealthCare!"

"This will be a great campaign issue," he tweeted last week. But he told reporters he would postpone a vote on the Republican plan until after the 2020 election, when he expects Republicans to hold the Senate and regain control of the House.

Trump promised on April 3 (via Twitter) that the Republicans' "wonderful HealthCare package that some very talented people are now developing for me & the Republican Party...will be on full display during the Election as a much better & less expensive alternative to Obamacare."

Mulvaney is one of the people helping to develop the Trump plan. He and other health care officials gathered at Camp David last week:

"We had a great meeting," Mulvaney told "Fox News Sunday" guest host Bill Hemmer. "We brought all of our health care specialists in. Mr. Azar from Health and Human Services, Seema Verma from CMS. And we started to talk about, number one, what we've already achieved.

"Keep in mind, we don't get nearly enough attention, I don't think, for what we've done with drug prices. Drug pricing is unmistakably part of health care. And drug prices in this country actually came down last year for the first time in 50 years. That's because Donald Trump's president. That's part of what health care is. We spent the time this week and say, OK, what have we done, what can we talk about that's a success, what we need to work on going forward?

"We talked about the individual marketplace," Mulvaney continued. "We talk about how we are protecting Medicare. We're talking about getting drug prices down, and I do think you'll see a plan here fairly shortly."

He said it's okay that the plan won't come up for a vote before the 2020 election, because House Democrats oppose anything the president does.

But Mulvaney indicated it's important to run on a plan:

"We are firm believers that you can't beat something with nothing. We have -- Republicans have better ideas than Democrats. We should not be afraid to talk about that."

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