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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 PelosiDivide and conquer or unite and prosper Trump impeachment article being sent to Senate Monday Roe is not enough: Why Black women want an end to the Hyde Amendment MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDivide and conquer or unite and prosper Roe is not enough: Why Black women want an end to the Hyde Amendment National Guard back inside Capitol after having been moved to parking garage MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday called for President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Trump planned to oust acting AG to overturn Georgia election results: report 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 GrassleyChuck GrassleyOn The Money: Treasury announces efforts to help people get stimulus payments | Senate panel unanimously advances Yellen nomination for Treasury | Judge sets ground rules for release of Trump taxes Senate panel unanimously advances Yellen nomination for Treasury Finance Committee vote on Yellen nomination scheduled for Friday MORE (R-Iowa) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenHillicon Valley: Intelligence agency gathers US smartphone location data without warrants, memo says | Democrats seek answers on impact of Russian hack on DOJ, courts | Airbnb offers Biden administration help with vaccine distribution Intelligence agency gathers US smartphone location data without warrants, memo says Senate panel unanimously advances Yellen nomination for Treasury 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.