Democrat cool to Trump’s health care tweet
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.