Trump Calls Schumer Over Healthcare Bill Hinting at 2nd Deal With Dems
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The US president has announced his call to Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer over the Healthcare Bill, which the Republicans have several times failed to pass in Congress. If Trump and the Democrats agree on the issue, this could mark the second deal the Republican president reaches with the opposing party.
US President Donald Trump said that he called the Democratic Party leader, Chuck Schumer, on Friday to discuss a “great Healthcare Bill.”
“I called Chuck Schumer yesterday to see if the Dems want to do a great HealthCare Bill. ObamaCare is badly broken, big premiums. Who knows!” the president wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
In his turn, Schumer said in a statement that he is willing to work with the president to improve the existing healthcare system, but not to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.
“The president wanted to make another run at repeal and replace and I told the president that’s off the table,” Schumer said.
Trump’s call to Schumer comes as the president has been slamming the Republican Party over the failure to pass the “repeal and replace” despite their control of both chambers of Congress.
In a series of tweets, Trump has been calling on the GOP to “keep their promise to America!” and “give America great healthcare.”
After the Senate failed to approve the Republican bill that would have repealed parts of Obamacare in July, the Democrats in Congress urged Trump to “stop the sabotage” of the Affordable Care Act and work with the party to improve healthcare.
Trump’s recent communication with Schumer comes just a month after he had reached an agreement with Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi over raising the debt ceiling and funding the government in the afthermath of Hurricane Harvey. The move was widely criticized by the GOP, while the White House explained it, saying that the president is a “bipartisan” dealmaker.
“This president has done more for bipartisanship in the last 8 days than Obama did in the last 8 years,” Sarah Sanders said in mid-September.
House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters, commenting on the deal, that it was “unworkable” to have legislation which combined both Harvey relief and raising the debt ceiling, and accused the Democrats who wanted to put those items together of “playing politics” with relief funding.
President Donald Trump has been blasting Obamacare since before he decided to run for president in 2015. Some political analysts said following the 2016 election cycle that the Affordable Care Act may have been the biggest litmus test in politics since Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision on the issue of abortion. Since the health care law was passed in 2009, GOP leadership voted to repeal the law 54 times.
According to a report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), if ObamaCare is repealed, the total number of uninsured Americans would increase by 16 million by 2026.