- White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday dismissed a CNN reporter questioning which administration officials were working on a long-delayed health plan.
- “I will not give you a reading of what our health plan looks like and who is working on it,” McEnany told the reporter. “If you want to know, come work here in the White House.”
- President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday night that his health plan was “all ready” for disclosure, but it is unclear when that will happen. The election in the United States is 48 days away.
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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday declined to say which administration officials were working on a health plan that President Donald Trump has long promised to reveal and recently said it was “ready.”
During the White House press briefing, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins pointed out that three top health officials in the Trump administration had said during testimony before a Senate committee that they were not aware of Trump’s replacement plan for Obamacare.
“Today on Capitol Hill, the top three medical experts in this administration said they had no idea of any kind of plan being formulated,” Collins said. “So who is it that works on the health plan to be introduced before the election?”
McEnany responded that “a wide range” of White House officials and “several stakeholders,” including Home Affairs Council, were working on the plan.
Rejecting Collins’ follow-up question, the press secretary told the reporter that she should come to work in the White House if she wanted to find out who was specifically involved in the effort to replace the Affordable Care Act.
“I will not give you a reading of what our health plan looks like and who is working on it,” McEnany said. “If you want to know, come work here in the White House.”
McEnany described the non-public plan as “the president’s vision for the next five years” and marked a vague list of its principles.
“Overall, it will be a very comprehensive strategy, where we save health care, while Democrats try to take health care away, where we make health care better and cheaper, guaranteeing protection for people with pre-existing conditions and stopping surprising medical billing, increased transparency, defense of the right to keep your doctor and your plan, fight lobbyists and special interests and healthier – and find cure for diseases, “she said.
The president has erroneously claimed dozens of times that he has protected Americans with pre-existing conditions. In fact, his administration is fighting in court to overthrow Obamacare, which protects these Americans; overthrowing the law would remove millions of people in health care.
The Republican Party failed to repeal and replace Obamacare – despite promising to do so for years – as it controlled both the Senate and the House in 2017 and 2018.
During a town hall meeting Tuesday night, the president erroneously claimed that his administration was not trying to repeal Obamacare and that Democrats planned to get rid of protection for people with pre-existing conditions.
Trump told a voter that he had his health plan “all ready” and added that “it’s a much better plan for you.”
“We are not going to harm anything that has to do with pre-existing conditions,” Trump said.
In mid-July, the president promised that he would unveil and sign a “complete and complete health plan” within two weeks. The White House has promised that the plan will be announced before the November 3 election.
—The Hill (@thehill) September 16, 2020