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By diving in with a court case intended to overturn Obamacare, Donald Trump has inexplicably handed Democrats an important weapon to use against him as he seeks re-election next year, according to Fox News host Chris Wallace.
Trump’s Justice Department just this week joined a lawsuit which could topple the entire nine-year-old Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Not only would that pull health coverage from tens of millions of Americans, it would rescind the protection the all Americans have that guarantee access to coverage, even with pre-existing conditions.
Although the ACA started out being very unpopular, it has grown in popularity in recent years–particularly such provisions as the pre-existing conditions protection.
Trump had had an opening to attack Democrats who want to move health coverage to a single-payer, “Medicare for all” system, but Trump himself closed it by refocusing on Obamacare, Wallace said during a recent Fox News segment.
“But the president, again, gave them this gift by saying he wants to strike down Obamacare,” he said. “So [Democrats] don’t have to defend Medicare-for-all anymore, all they have to do is say they’re for Obamacare and an improved version of Obamacare.
“So, in a sense, he’s made it easier for at least the moderates, centrists, and the mainstream of the House Democratic leadership, Nancy Pelosi, folks like that, to say we’re not going to focus on Medicare-for-all … ” Wallace added.