US President Donald Trump confirmed on Wednesday that he does not want to push in Congress an alternative to health reform in 2010 until after the presidential elections next year, which promises to make health a key issue in the election campaign .
Trump's message came hours after Republican leader in the US Senate, Mitch McConnell, revealed that he had warned the president that it would not be possible to approve an alternative plan to the 2010 reform, known as Obamacare, before of the elections in which the president plays his position.
"I never planned a vote before the 2020 election on the wonderful health project that some very talented people are now developing for me and the Republican Party," Trump wrote in his Twitter account.
Instead, that plan "will be in the public window during the elections as a much better and cheaper alternative than Obamacare," and "it will be a great campaign issue," he promised.
The president tried to refute an information in The New York Times, which indicated that Trump had backed off in his plans to pass a health law before the elections, after talking on the phone with McConnell on Monday.
"I never asked Mitch McConnell to have a vote before the election, as he has incorrectly reported (as always) the @nytimes, but only after the elections, when we regain control of the House of Representatives, Trump added.
However, McConnell's statements to journalists on Tuesday contradict the president's version.
"I made it clear that we were not going to do that in the Senate (vote the bill before the election)." He said, and then tweeted it, that he accepted that idea and that he would develop a plan to present the American people during the campaign. of 2020, "explained the Republican senator.
Several Democratic presidential hopefuls in 2020 have made health the focus of their campaign, and Trump joined that stream last week, when his Justice Department backed a lawsuit to completely dismantle Obamacare.
The House of Representatives, with a Democratic majority, approved today a non-binding resolution that asks the Justice Department to stop its "assault" against Obamacare.
Trump's idea is to repeal that law through the courts and replace it with its own legislative plan, a very complicated task in the current political climate, even more divided than in 2017, when the republican project to replace Obamacare failed in the Senate.
"The last time we annoyed her," Trump acknowledged in a speech on Tuesday, in which he asked his party to endorse the theme of health for the 2020 campaign because if not, "lose" the elections.