While Republicans and Trump campaigned for the better part of a decade against the health care law - the signature domestic achievement of the Obama presidency - the party never coalesced around an alternative policy that would provide insurance coverage to more Americans and protect coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.
While the law probably will be upheld in the end, the move sets up the possibility that hundreds of thousands of Americans could lose their health insurance - perhaps around the time of the 2020 presidential election - with the Trump administration part of the reason why.
"The Republican Party", Trump told reporters on Tuesday, "will soon be known as the party of health care".
One of the first moves Democrats made after regaining control of the House was intervening in the Texas lawsuit to rebut the claim brought by a coalition of 20 Republican-led states.
"If the last few years of debating the Affordable Care Act and all its provisions have taught us anything, it is that Americans value their health care", Sister Carol said, adding: "We welcome a robust discussion in Congress and with the administration on how to continuously improve our country's health care system".
Healthcare was the top issue in last year's mid-term elections, which swept Democrats to power in the House of Representatives.
Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, said Wednesday on CNN that "the President will be putting plans forward this year" on a health care replacement plan.
Still, Republicans insisted on Wednesday that making another run at repealing Obamacare was a matter worth discussing even though it would prove more hard this year than it did when they controlled both houses of Congress.
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The proposal should also serve as a warning to Democratic presidential candidates that following Sanders down the rabbit hole marked "Medicare-for-all" is foolish politically and unresponsive to voters' demands. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" plan.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi weighed in to criticize Trump's renewed "war on America's healthcare", and promised to fight against the Obamacare repeal effort in Congress, where her Democrats rule the House, in the courts, and "in the court of public opinion".
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), meanwhile, said that his party needs to address the issue of Obamacare's protections for people with pre-existing conditions, which the lawsuit is seeking to invalidate.
It rolls back Trump actions expanding skimpier health insurance plans, giving states the freedom to undermine the law's benefits requirements, and cutting enrollment outreach funding.
What Democrats propose is the sort of step-by-step expansion of Obamacare that both Republicans and Sen.
"I would have liked to see him bask in his post-Mueller report a bit longer before shifting to policy issues", said Hynes, the Republican consultant.
"Republicans could have mounted a highly effective counter attack on health care in 2018". "Obamacare doesn't work, it's too expensive.It's a disaster for our people".
"Trump has had one priority since the day he entered the race: to please his hard-core base", Sabato said.