WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump The president threatened to reopen the heated debate over the Affordable Health Care Act over the weekend. failing to repeal it While in the White House, he said he was “seriously looking at alternatives” If he wins another term.

Trump’s comments drew rebuke from Democratic President Joe Biden ’s campaign, which cast them as another “extremist” The GOP’s front-runner has made a proposal. And they rapidly moved to mobilize a response, including new advertising in battleground states contrasting Biden’s efforts to lower drug costs with Trump’s comments.

“Donald Trump is campaigning on a threat to rip away health care from millions of Americans, so we’re going to use every tool in our arsenal to make sure the American people know that lives are literally on the line next November,” said Biden campaign communications director Michael Tyler.

The back and forth between the two parties points out what could be an important issue in a rematch of the general election between Trump and Biden if both win their parties’ nominations, as is widely expected.

Biden’s team has long operated under the assumption that Trump Biden, in particular, has been attempting to portray him as an extreme candidate and a threat to democracy. Biden, in particular, has begun painting a vision of a catastrophic future If you want to know more about if Trump wins — a strategy that could motivate lukewarm Democratic voters who may be driven more by a desire to stop Trump Biden’s second term is more important than delivering a second one amid concerns over high inflationThe direction in which the country is heading. his age.

Democrats are generally better at handling health care issues than Republicans. Republicans have mostly abandoned their efforts to repeal Affordable Care Act over the past few years.

And Biden’s campaign quickly seized the opportunity. In addition to the new ads, Biden’s campaign will hold a press conference on Tuesday with Nancy Pelosi (former Speaker of the House) and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper will be highlighting the potential impact on repealing the law. Meanwhile, state Democratic parties are hosting their own event in swing states.

“Donald Trump’s America is one where millions of people lose their health insurance and seniors and families across the country face exorbitant costs just to stay healthy. Those are the stakes next November,” Ammar Moussia, the spokesperson for Biden Harris 2024, made a statement.

Trump Has not spent much discussion on health care as he outlined an aggressive agenda for a potential second term The focus of the campaign has been on mass deportations as well as crackdowns on illegal immigration.

You can also read about it here Trump Truth Social, his site for Saturday mornings, took a stand on the matter.

“The cost of Obamacare is out of control, plus, it’s not good Healthcare. I’m seriously looking at alternatives,” He wrote. “We had a couple of Republican Senators who campaigned for 6 years against it, and then raised their hands not to terminate it. It was a low point for the Republican Party, but we should never give up!”

He I was referring back to July 2017 when the late Senator John McCain, R. Arizona, blocked Trump’s long effort to repeal the health care law, which has proven increasingly popular.

The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it is commonly known, was signed into law by President Obama in 2010. a KFF poll conducted in May 2023.

A recent ABC News/Ipsos poll found 37% of Americans trust Democrats to do a better job than Republicans on handling health care, versus about 1 in 5 — 18% — who trust Republicans over Democrats on this issue. About one third (34%) of Americans trust neither party.

Still, a June 2023 AP-NORC poll showed a minority of U.S. adults — 44% — approving of how Biden was handling health care, with 53% disapproving. That included 69% of Democrats and 17% of Republicans — measurements in line with Biden’s overall job approval.

Trump’s comments came in response to a Wall Street Journal op-ed he shared highlighting concerns raised by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Mike Braun, R-Ind., that large insurance companies are using their pharmacies “to evade federal requirements that limit the percentage of premium dollars spent on profits and administration, known as the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR), resulting in sky-high prescription drug costs and excessive corporate profits.”

Biden’s Health and Human Services Department says more than 40 million are insured through coverage related to provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Moussa said Trump “would try to rip it away if he returns to power. He was one vote away from getting it done when he was president — and we should take him at his word that he’ll try to do it again.”

Colvin reported from New York. Linley Sanders contributed to this report.