"You watch." But Steele stressed to "Morning Joe" co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski the following morning that Trump is making it easier for Democrats to paint the GOP as the party that wants to deprive Americans of health care.
Members of the MA delegation have vowed to protect the Affordable Care Act and broaden its protections in the face of a new Justice Department effort to eliminate the law.
U.S. President Donald Trump (R) speaks as he joined by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (L) in the Rose Garden of the White House on January 4, 2019 in Washington, DC.
Democrats, on the other hand, rejoiced.
Scarborough piled on, joining fellow conservative Trump critic Steele in stressing that health care is a awful issue for Republicans.
What's unclear is whether a Trump-Care bill will emerge from the White House to replace the Affordable Care Act or if the president's push for a policy outcome will fade to little more than a punchline on the campaign trail.
"By throwing this stink bomb into the public debate, the president is going to force all Democrat candidates and most Democratic officials to the hard left on... a policy proposal that is indefensible on its finances".
Healthcare was the top issue in last year's mid-term elections, which swept Democrats to power in the House of Representatives. "Make our day", proclaimed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer from the Senate floor.
"The Democrats aren't, they've let you down, they came up with Obamacare, its awful", Trump said.
Mike DeWine said Tuesday that if the Affordable Care Act is struck down entirely - as the Trump administration is now seeking - he will act to ensure that Ohioans with pre-existing conditions can still get access to affordable insurance coverage. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) vehemently oppose. "We must defend the ACA and move forward to pass Medicare for All".
The Nevada Legislature now is considering Senate Bill 235, which would protect Nevadans with pre-existing conditions in case the ACA is struck down. People who have preexisting conditions, who are only able to get health insurance-able to afford health insurance because the Affordable Care Act-says you can not consider preexisting conditions to those health insurers.
Republicans have attacked the law from the start - especially the mandate on buying insurance - as government overreach.
"The administration will continue to fight for sole proprietors and small businesses so that they can have the freedom to band together to obtain more affordable, quality healthcare coverage", a Justice Department spokesman said.
But the dozens of legislative attempts to repeal Obamacare have failed, and many Republicans have embraced the protections for those with pre-existing conditions. The decision from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia states that the rule is "clearly an end-run around the ACA" and "creates absurd results". If the decision is upheld, it could significantly disrupt the U.S. health care system.