Nov 26, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Trump says he's "seriously looking" at Obamacare alternatives

Trump waves to the crowd during halftime in the Palmetto Bowl between Clemson and South Carolina on Saturday. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Former President Trump revealed that he's "seriously looking at alternatives" to the Affordable Care Act, calling the failure to repeal and replace Obamacare during his administration "a low point for the Republican Party."

Why it matters: Ahead of last year's midterms, Republicans effectively gave up on campaigning to kill the ACA — acknowledging that the program was popular and fully embedded in the U.S. health care system.

Flashback: Despite having full control of the White House and Congress, Republicans' long-running efforts to repeal and replace the ACA were defeated in 2017 when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) delivered his famous thumbs-down vote on the Senate floor.

  • Democrats went on to make health care a defining issue of the 2018 midterms, powering a "blue wave" election in which the party decisively won back the House majority.
  • Republicans — including the current presidential field — have since had little to say about the Affordable Care Act or major health care reforms, even as the cost of care continues to rise.

What they're saying: "The cost of Obamacare is out of control, plus, it's not good Healthcare," Trump wrote in a post on Truth Social Saturday.

  • "We had a couple of Republican Senators who campaigned for 6 years against it, and then raised their hands not to terminate it. It was a low point for the Republican Party, but we should never give up!"
  • Biden campaign spokesman Ammar Moussa drew attention to Trump's comments on X, suggesting Democrats would be happy to make relitigating the ACA an issue in the 2024 election.
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