Demo­crat cool to Trump’s health care tweet

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USA TO­DAY WASH­ING­TON Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump tweeted Satur­day that he has reached out to the Se­nate’s top Demo­crat to ex­plore a deal on a “great Health­Care Bill.”

Trump de­clared that the Af­ford­able Care Act, pop­u­larly known as “Oba­macare,” was “badly bro­ken.” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D -N.Y., down­played Trump’s out­reach Satur­day, say­ing the of­fer was aimed at dis­man­tling the Af­ford­able Care Act — a non­starter for Democrats.

“The pres­i­dent wanted to make an­other run at re­peal and re­place and I told the pres­i­dent that’s off the ta­ble,” Schumer said in a state­ment. “If he wants to work to­gether to im­prove the ex­ist­ing health care sys­tem, we Democrats are open to his sug­ges­tions.”

Trump’s of­fer echoes a deal he reached last month with Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the top Demo­crat in the House, to con­tinue fund­ing the gov­ern­ment. That move vexed many Repub­li­cans who view Schumer and Pelosi as im­pla­ca­ble en­e­mies.

His of­fer, Trump in­di­cated, was worth a shot. “Who knows!” Trump con­cluded.

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