Trump taunts GOP with possible health care deal with Dems

Marsha Scott
October 8, 2017

Trump said he wanted "to see if the Dems want to do a great HealthCare Bill". "ObamaCare is badly broken, big premiums".

Congressional Republicans have failed in their efforts to repeal and replace President Obama's landmark health care legislation.

Trump's health care tweet came in a series of Twitter posts in which the President also largely railed against late-night talk show hosts and television news coverage, saying he and the GOP should be given "equal time".

Last month, Trump sided with Democrats in a surprising debt limit deal that blindsided Republicans and left conservative groups aghast.

Schumer was referring to bipartisan health care talks that are being led by Republican Sen.

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Schumer responded to Trump's tweet in a statement Saturday morning, confirming that he had spoken with the president about a health care deal.

"The President wanted to make another run at repeal and replace, and I told the President that's off the table", the NY senator said in a statement about the call.

The tweet confirms a Friday night report of the Trump-Schumer phone call by Jonathan Swan of Axios, who heard of the information from anxious Republican sources.

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.

Trump has suggested before that he would be open to negotiating with Democrats on health care, but there have been no clear signs of a compromise between Republicans who have sought to scrap former President Obama's law and Democrats who want to protect it. "A good place to start might be the Alexander-Murray negotiations that would stabilize the system and lower costs". 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.

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