Do I still need Obamacare in 2019

US healthcareTrump wants to abolish Obamacare after all

Without need and completely surprising, Donald Trump announced that he wanted to completely abolish the remnants of Obamacare health insurance - a project with which he failed shortly after taking office due to resistance from within his own ranks. The trigger was apparently a change of heart in the Justice Department under the new leadership of William Barr - the ministry had indicated in a petition in a trial in Texas that it was now ready to grind Obamacare completely. "The Republican Party will become the health care party," Donald Trump announced. And they will come up with a plan that is far better than Obamacare.

The problem is, there has never been an alternative Republican plan to general health insurance - and there is still none to this day. Apparently spurred on by the Mueller report on the Russia affair, which absolved the president of suspected coordinated cooperation with Russian contacts in the US election campaign, Donald Trump is now apparently starting a new attempt. In doing so, he immediately encounters resistance from within the party. Republican Senator John Kennedy believes abolishing health insurance, which bears the name of Trump's predecessor, only makes sense if there is a replacement.

Democrats welcome a change of subject

Republican Senator Susan Collins from Maine was even clearer: she was deeply disappointed with the administration and opposed her view that Obamacare can simply be abolished.

This brings back memories of the theatrical gesture of the already death-marked Senator John McCain, who prevented Obamacare from being abolished at the last minute with a downward thumb. This move by the president can only please the Democrats. He is distracting from the destructive effect of the Mueller report, which will be used in the future by the President and the Republican Party alike to discredit all further investigations in the committees of inquiry of the democratically run House of Representatives as a "witch hunt". This change of subject is also very welcome to the Democrats because it opens the door for them to return to political debates.

22 million people would lose insurance

And that with a topic that is likely to interest American voters far more than the further twists and turns of the Russia affair. Preserving health insurance had already been the top topic of the Democrats in the mid-term elections last November and was probably one of the main reasons why the majority in the House of Representatives went back to the Democrats.

The public followed the argument that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare for short, gave 22 million people health insurance that they no longer want to lose, as one of the intellectual fathers of this reform package, Zeke Emanuel, told CNN. Both sides are positioning themselves thematically: the 2020 presidential election campaign has already begun.