Pelosi, Schumer call on Trump to drop ObamaCare lawsuit ahead of State of the Union

Pelosi, Schumer call on Trump to drop ObamaCare lawsuit ahead of State of the Union
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSupreme Court expands religious rights with trio of rulings Congress must act now to fix a Social Security COVID-19 glitch and expand, not cut, benefits Democrats see victory in Trump culture war MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerA renewed emphasis on research and development funding is needed from the government Data shows seven Senate Democrats have majority non-white staffs Trump may be DACA participants' best hope, but will Democrats play ball? MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday called for President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE to withdraw his administration’s legal position calling for striking down the Affordable Care Act, seeking to pre-empt the president’s health care message in the State of the Union address. 

Speaking at a press conference with House and Senate Democrats, Schumer noted that Trump is likely to tout his administration’s actions on health care in his speech Tuesday night. 

But he and Pelosi argued that the most consequential administration health care action is the GOP lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act that the Trump administration is supporting. 

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The press conference is a sign of the political advantage Democrats sense on the issue of health care, which helped them win back the House in 2018, and their desire not to cede the spotlight on the issue to Trump, who is eager to tout health care moves of his own ahead of the 2020 election.

“Mr. President, if you really care about health care, you'll announce tonight that you're withdrawing your Texas lawsuit that would remove all protections for pre-existing conditions,” Schumer said. 

Trump cannot withdraw the entire lawsuit, which was brought by Texas and a group of GOP-led states, but he could reverse his Justice Department’s decision to join in the challengers’ call for the law to be struck down. 

Democrats have made highlighting the lawsuit, which is currently making its way through the courts, a key part of their campaigns. 

Trump is expected to call for action to lower drug prices in the speech Tuesday night, possibly including an administrative action to lower the price of insulin. The White House is also supporting a bill from Sens. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools Clash looms over next coronavirus relief bill Trump says GOP 'flexible' on convention plans MORE (R-Iowa) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenCongress must act now to fix a Social Security COVID-19 glitch and expand, not cut, benefits On The Money: Trump administration releases PPP loan data | Congress gears up for battle over expiring unemployment benefits | McConnell opens door to direct payments in next coronavirus bill Hillicon Valley: QAnon scores wins, creating GOP problem | Supreme Court upholds regulation banning robocalls to cellphones | Foreign hackers take aim at homebound Americans | Uber acquires Postmates MORE (D-Ore.) that Trump could call for action on. 

But Democratic leaders said Trump is breaking his promises on drug prices by not supporting House Democrats’ bill to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices, something that Trump once supported, during the 2016 campaign, saying he wants to “negotiate like crazy.”

“‘Negotiate like crazy’ must mean ‘not negotiate at all,’” Pelosi said Tuesday.