Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiJudge to hear Trump's case against Jan. 6 committee in November Kamala Harris engages with heckler during New York speech GOP lawmaker calls for Meghan, Harry to lose royal titles over paid leave push MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocratic frustration with Sinema rises Schumer endorses democratic socialist India Walton in Buffalo mayor's race Guns Down America's leader says Biden 'has simply not done enough' on gun control MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday called for President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift 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.
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 GrassleyAnother voice of reason retires Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — FDA moves to sell hearing aids over-the-counter McConnell: GOP should focus on future, not 'rehash' 2020 MORE (R-Iowa) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenClimate advocates turn sights on Wall Street Democrats scramble to reach deal on taxes Pelosi open to scrapping key components in spending package 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.