Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump reaches out to Democrats to do 'great' healthcare bill

Trump reaches out to Democrats to do 'great' healthcare bill

There's no immediate word from Schumer about Trump's tweets. Chuck Schumer on Friday to discuss the 2010 law, which Trump said "is badly broken, big premiums".

Schumer said Saturday that such an effort by Trump to "make another run at repeal and replace" is "off the table".

"I called Chuck Schumer yesterday to see if the Dems want to do a great HealthCare Bill", Trump wrote.

Schumer said that if the president "wants to work together to improve the existing health care system, we Democrats are open to his suggestions". "It can't continue, ' Schumer tweeted, adding that Trump's decision 'drags the USA backwards".

The president also recently struck a deal with Schumer and Pelosi that would allow Congress to pass hurricane relief funding, raise the federal debt ceiling and keep the government funded through roughly the end of the year. And a deal isn't impossible to imagine, considering Trump seems to lack any specific policy preferences on health care, and occasionally has sounded like a Democrat when discussing the issue (promising to cover everyone and not to cut Medicare or Medicaid).

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Trump has been friendlier with Schumer, the Senate minority leader - as well as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - in recent weeks.

The New York Senator's answer to the president was in line with what Democrats have said from the start: Getting rid of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is a deal-breaker. And while it's possible the GOP could make another try at a reconciliation health bill, for now the party appears to be focused on tax reform - meaning any health care bill would need 60 votes to advance through the Senate.

Trump has shown an inclination to go around the GOP majorities in Congress to strike deals with Democrats.

Through those negotiations, Senate Health, Education and Pensions Committee chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, and the committee's ranking member Patty Murray, D-Washington, are looking to stabilize the health care market under Obamacare for the short term.

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