Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyJan. 6 committee issues latest round of subpoenas for rally organizers The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - To vote or not? Pelosi faces infrastructure decision Jan. 6 panel subpoenas 11, including Pierson, other rally organizers MORE said Sunday that he could guarantee no Americans would lose health care coverage if President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Milley warns of 'Sputnik moment' for China WSJ publishes letter from Trump continuing to allege voter fraud in PA Oath Keeper who was at Capitol on Jan. 6 runs for New Jersey State Assembly MORE eliminates ObamaCare.
“Yes,” he said when asked by ABC's "This Week" host Jon Karl if he could guarantee that those with current health coverage under ObamaCare would keep their coverage even if the administration is successful at getting a court to rule the health law unconstitutional.
“Every single plan that this White House has ever put forward since Donald Trump was elected president covered pre-existing conditions," Mulvaney said. The administration has not proposed a plan this year to replace ObamaCare, but the White House has indicated a proposal will arrive in the coming months.
“The debate about pre-existing conditions is over," Mulvaney added. "Both parties support them and anyone telling you anything different in lying for political gain.”
Asked if he can guarantee that Americans will not lose coverage if Obamacare is struck down, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says, "yes."— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) March 31, 2019
“The debate about pre-existing conditions is over. Both parties support them," he adds https://t.co/IXrJ6bIyFF #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/rCCNcVTD6n
The Trump administration is ramping up a legal fight against former President Obama's signature health care law.
On Monday the Department of Justice (DOJ) argued in a brief memo that the entire ObamaCare law should be invalidated. DOJ had previously held that the law's protections for those with pre-existing conditions were unconstitutional.
Trump then said the GOP would become "the party of great health care." Democrats have argued that the administration has not put forward a viable alternative plan to ObamaCare.
Republicans have so far failed to pass a new health care plan, despite many GOP lawmakers campaigning on the promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
When asked about the administration's inability to pass new health care legislation so far, Mulvaney said they had been stymied by roadblocks, including the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain blasts Graham for refuting funeral remark about Kushner, Ivanka Trump Flake, Cindy McCain among latest Biden ambassadors confirmed after delay Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' MORE's (R-Ariz.) 2017 vote against a GOP-led repeal effort. Trump has often criticized McCain over the tie-breaking "no" vote.
“We came up with a bunch of ideas out of the White House, yes they didn’t pass primarily because John McCain went back on his word to vote for it in the middle of the night,” Mulvaney said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday.
He added that they would be devising new plans while the lawsuit against Obamacare progresses.
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on health care: “We came up with a bunch of ideas out of the White House, yes they didn’t pass primarily because John McCain went back on his word to vote for it in the middle of the night.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/71u2XLNw7v— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) March 31, 2019