POLITICO WIRE NEW YORK — Trump is likely to ask lawmakers on Thursday to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) “socialized health care” as the president’s campaign continues to take shape, according to a senior White House official.
Trump, who campaigned for the health care law as a Republican and is considering a 2020 presidential bid, is likely interested in the measure to repeal a law that has come under fire from some Republicans, including Trump himself.
“He has asked members of Congress to vote on repeal and replace,” the official said.
“There is not yet a timeline for the vote.”
Trump will also ask Congress to repeal or modify the ACA’s insurance subsidies to help those who don’t have insurance under the law.
The administration will announce its position on the measure after the House votes.
The official said the administration is still assessing how the bill will affect insurance premiums and whether it would increase the number of uninsured people.
The bill has a two-year phaseout for most people who buy insurance on the individual market and an annual deductible.
The White House is not expected to announce its stance on the phaseout this year.
Insurers have opposed the bill as a way to increase the share of Americans with health insurance, but Democrats have argued it would not affect them because they would not be covered by the subsidies.
Republicans have insisted the subsidies are meant to help lower-income Americans pay for coverage.
The ACA was first passed in 2010 by then-President Barack Obama.
It provides insurance coverage to nearly 14 million people and has been credited with helping to stabilize the U.S. economy.