Trump says still-in-the-works GOP healthcare plan won't be voted on until after 2020

President Donald Trump said as part of a string of Monday night tweets that Republicans won't be voting on a new healthcare plan until after the 2020 elections.

"The Republicans are developing a really great HealthCare Plan with far lower premiums (cost) & deductibles than ObamaCare," Trump tweeted. "In other words it will be far less expensive & much more usable than ObamaCare. Vote will be taken right after the Election when Republicans hold the Senate & win back the House."

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LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 21 : 9 year old Josh Cathcart from Dalgety Bay shows his excitement during the final fitting for his new bionic hand at Touch Bionics' headquarters on August 21, 2015 in Livingston Scotland. Josh, who was born with his right arm missing from the elbow down, became the first person in the UK to receive an i-limb quantum, and also became the youngest person ever to wear one of Touch Bionics advanced prosthetic devices, Controlled by the wearers muscle signals the i-limb quantum is the first prosthetic hand that can change grips with a simple gesture. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
A robotic arm grinds the edges of a foot part for a symbionic leg prosthetic limb at the Ossur HF manufacturing plant in Reykjavik, Iceland, on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. Ossur produces state-of-the-art bionic prosthetic lower limbs, which the wearer can control using his or her mind. Photographer: Arnaldur Halldorsson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
3D Printing, E-Nable Prosthetics, E-nable project puts volunteers with a 3D printers in touch with handicapped children who need a hand prosthesis, website provides the dimensions of the prosthesis, as well as design the child selected. Volunteers print and assemble the prosthesis free of charge. The 3D plans for the prosthesis are open source, everyone has access and can improve them. Thierry joined the community of volunteers in 2014, He is working on producing the prosthesis for a 5-year old girl who lives in England. (Photo by: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images)
3D Printing, E-Nable Prosthetics, E-nable project puts volunteers with a 3D printers in touch with handicapped children who need a hand prosthesis, website provides the dimensions of the prosthesis, as well as design the child selected. Volunteers print and assemble the prosthesis free of charge. The 3D plans for the prosthesis are open source, everyone has access and can improve them. Thierry joined the community of volunteers in 2014, He is working on producing the prosthesis for a 5-year old girl who lives in England. (Photo by: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images)
3D Printing, E-Nable Prosthetics, E-nable project puts volunteers with a 3D printers in touch with handicapped children who need a hand prosthesis, website provides the dimensions of the prosthesis, as well as design the child selected. Volunteers print and assemble the prosthesis free of charge. The 3D plans for the prosthesis are open source, everyone has access and can improve them. Thierry joined the community of volunteers in 2014, He is working on producing the prosthesis for a 5-year old girl who lives in England. (Photo by: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images)
A Virtu-Limb artifical hand is displayed on one of the exhibition stands at Celtic Manor Resort on September 3, 2014, ahead of the NATO Summit 2014. Running over the 4th and 5th of September, the NATO members will gather to discuss issues such as the crisis in Ukraine and the threat of the Islamic State (IS). AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
An employee of Japanese robot venture Cyberdyne demonstrates new robot suit Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) for medical use, developed by University of Tsukuba professor Yoshiyuki Sankai, at the Cyberdyne headquarters in Tsukuba, suburban Tokyo on August 5, 2013. The HAL, which is designed to learn the user's motion and assist their movement, can be used for the rehabilitation of disabled and assist elderly people, was authenticated as a medical device in Europe by European certification authority. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
An Orthopaedic technology specialist assembles a 3D-printed artificial limb at the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services Uganda (CORSU) in Wakiso on April 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ ISAAC KASAMANI (Photo credit should read ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
3D Printing, E-Nable Prosthetics, E-nable project puts volunteers with a 3D printers in touch with handicapped children who need a hand prosthesis, website provides the dimensions of the prosthesis, as well as design the child selected. Volunteers print and assemble the prosthesis free of charge. The 3D plans for the prosthesis are open source, everyone has access and can improve them. Thierry joined the community of volunteers in 2014, He is working on producing the prosthesis for a 5-year old girl who lives in England. (Photo by: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images)
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The comment comes as the Trump administration has abruptly shifted its focus back to healthcare over the past 10 days, beginning with Trump directing the Department of Justice to support a full dismantling of the Affordable Care Act on constitutional grounds. The Justice Department intervened in a federal case on behalf of a Texas judge who ruled the law is unconstitutional because of the new Republican tax law.

The move appeared to catch Republicans off guard.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the White House would be the big player in the latest healthcare battle, while Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said last week his committee did not have plans to move forward with healthcare legislation.

After making the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, central to campaigning over the past decade, Republicans were unable to do such when they had control of the White House, Senate and House during the first two years of Trump's presidency.

With healthcare polling as a top issue for voters in the 2018 midterms, Democrats were able to win back control of the House by flipping 40 GOP-controlled seats.

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