Trump tweets today that he called Senate Minority Leader Democrat Chuck Schumer to see if the Democrats and Schumer wants to work with Trump in order to create a healthcare bill: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...&utm_term=.4bab61b111bb&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1
October 7, 2017
Frustrated by Republican inaction on health care, President Trump tweeted Saturday that he had reached out to the Senate Democratic leader in hopes of brokering a deal for a great HealthCare Bill.
Trump said that he had called Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Friday to ask whether Democrats would work with him on health care and Trump indicated that he had not been entirely rebuffed.
In a Saturday morning tweet, Trump wrote, 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!
Schumer responded, saying he was willing to work with Trump to "improve the existing health care system" but not to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, former president Barack Obama's signature 2010 health-care law.
"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. A good place to start might be the Alexander-Murray negotiations that would stabilize the system and lower costs."
Schumer was referring to a bipartisan health-care proposal by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.).
Trump's outreach to Schumer comes after the president infuriated fellow Republicans by negotiating a deal last month with Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government.
Trump's dealings with Chuck and Nancy, as he affectionately called them, was seen by some congressional Republicans as an act of betrayal but have earned the president plaudits and framed him as the bipartisan dealmaker he said he would be.