Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer claims that he told President Trump that Democrats would not be on board with a repeal and replace one ObamaCare, but rather that they would be willing to negotiate a reform of the current health-care system.
In fact, he claims he told Trump that a real was “off the table” completely.
Schumer said, “The president wanted to make another run at repeal and replace and I told the president that’s off the table.”
He continued, “If he wants to work together to improve the existing health care system, we Democrats are open to his suggestions. A good place to start might be the Alexander-Murray negotiations that would stabilize the system and lower costs.”
The Hill reports:
A Democratic aide told The Hill in an email Saturday, “Particularly after the birth control decision yesterday, the administration has to stop sabotaging the law before anything real can happen.”
Trump tweeted Saturday morning that he had called the Democratic leader the previous day “to see if the Dems want to do a great HealthCare Bill.”
“ObamaCare is badly broken, big premiums. Who knows!” Trump added.
Republicans pushed for months while maintaining unified control of government to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but multiple efforts as recently as last month collapsed in the Senate due to a lack of GOP support, forcing the party to shift its focus to tax reform before the end of the year.
As someone who absolutely detests ObamaCare (or as I like to call it, ObamaDontCare), I think it should be repealed and replaced immediately. However, without the votes, we can’t get it done. Should the republicans be looking at reforming the current system? Is that the only way we will be able to get something done? Or should we wait until after elections are done and people like John McCain hopefully aren’t in office anymore, and then try to repeal?
The president’s outreach to Schumer this week comes as leaders of the Senate Health Committee are trying to rally Republicans and Democrats around a short-term plan aimed at lowering ObamaCare premiums for 2018 and 2019.
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