Pelosi calls Trump's hopes for new health care plan a 'myth'

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U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delivers a statement on March 23.
U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delivers a statement on March 23.
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March 23, 2020 - 6:37pm

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday shot down any hopes that President Trump and the GOP had of passing a new health care plan in her chamber during this session of Congress – or effectively in the president's first term.

“This is just another notion that the president, the notion-monger that he is, has put out there," Pelosi said of Trump's plan to revamp the county's health care system.

She said Trump should instead be withdrawing his support for a case before the Supreme Court, now known as California v. Texas, which could undo the entire Obama-era Affordable Care Act.  

"He should be urging the states that have not expanded Medicaid to do so," Pelosi also said.

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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) recently provided Just the News with a preview of the upcoming GOP health care proposal, which includes coverage for pre-existing conditions, allowing individuals to buy insurance across state lines and ending surprise medical billing.

Pelosi spoke one day after Trump indicated that he wants to work on a new health care plan.

Trump said he would need support from the Democrat-controlled House to "get a great healthcare plan." The president also said the measure would have to cover preexisting conditions "but we’d like to get rid of bad healthcare.”

Pelosi, who spoke Monday to reporters on the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, which she guided through the House in 2009, also deflected a question about working with Republicans on a health care plan by saying Trump should do more to slow the coronavirus through the Defense Production Act.

"So that we would have what we need to protect our workers who are caring for people with coronavirus instead of pie in the skying it and baying at the moon that he thinks he's going to get a health care bill," she said. "Perhaps he didn't notice they lost miserably in the 2018 elections so that's a myth."