House GOP leader urged Trump to hold off on latest ObamaCare assault

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump applauds two-year budget deal with 0 billion spending hike On The Money: Trump, Congress reach two-year budget, debt limit deal | What we know | Deal gets pushback from conservatives | Equifax to pay up to 0M in data breach settlement | Warren warns another 'crash' is coming Overnight Defense: Iran's spy claim adds to tensions with US | Trump, lawmakers get two-year budget deal | Trump claims he could win Afghan war in a week MORE (R-Calif.) recently told President TrumpDonald John Trump5 things to know about Boris Johnson Conservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota MORE he didn't agree with the administration's effort to have the Affordable Care Act deemed invalid in federal court, according to a source familiar with the conversation.

McCarthy discussed with fellow GOP leaders how he voiced his disapproval to the president, the source said.


The California Republican, one of Trump’s closest allies in the House, would not confirm the contents of the conversation.

“I talk to the president all the time and I always keep my conversations private,” he told reporters, adding that GOP lawmakers are working to construct a health care bill.

Axios and The Washington Post reported on McCarthy's conversation with Trump earlier on Wednesday.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday unexpectedly announced that it is siding with a district court ruling that found the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. The move was seen as an escalation of the administration's legal battle against the 2010 health care law.

McCarthy deflected a question about the ObamaCare case at his leadership press conference earlier in the week, telling reporters to call his office.

Some Republicans have questioned aspects of the administration’s decision.

A senior GOP aide told The Hill that “it’s a political and timing concern, not a legal one.”

House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseThe Memo: Fears of violence grow amid Trump race storm Democrats call for increased security after 'send her back' chants Democratic strategist on Trump tweets: 'He's feeding this fear and hate' MORE (R-La.) said Democrats will ultimately be responsible if the courts decide to strike down former President Obama’s landmark legislation.

“They passed a bill that they knew was flawed. And so if the courts throw it out, OK, that's because Democrats wrote a flawed law. The bottom line is ObamaCare is failing people because costs are going up dramatically,” he told The Hill.

“Ultimately, the courts are going to decide whether or not it's constitutional — that's not our call. But if it is, then Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiConservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Grassley, Wyden reach deal to lower drug prices Why do Republicans keep trying to outspend Democrats in Congress? MORE ought to apologize to the American people for rushing through a bill that wasn't drafted properly and has failed millions of families across this country," he said.

Updated at 6:11 p.m.