After Republican Party congressmen failed to pass two initiatives this year to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act or Obamacare, President Donald Trump approached his Democratic rivals to try to fulfill one of his major campaign promises.
In a message posted to his Twitter account Saturday morning, Trump said that he had communicated with Senate minority leader Charles Schumer to find out if his staff wanted to work with him on the subject of health care reform.
“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!,” wrote the President.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2017
Since Republicans stepped up in January to repeal and replace Obamacare, a commitment they have since the law was enacted in 2010, Democrats have said they are willing to reform the text but not eliminate it.
“The president wanted to give another opportunity to repeal and replace (the law) and I told the president that that is not under consideration,” Schumer said in a statement released by his office.
“If he wants to work together to improve the current health care system, we Democrats are open to suggestions.”
The Trump government yesterday set new standards that expand the ability of employers and insurance companies to limit free access to contraceptives planned within Obamacare when they consider their moral principles to be affected, something many Democrats have questioned as a breach of women’s rights.
Democrats believe the White House is sabotaging health law enforcement to comply with the president’s suggestion of letting it “collapse” since it was not being possible for his supporters to repeal the text.
Although the president’s approach to Democrats may be seen as a “betrayal” by his more radical supporters, others will view the strategy as an attempt to achieve bipartisan consensus in Washington DC.
Fergus is a reporter who mainly focuses on crime and local issues. Before joining Coastal Ledger, he worked as a researcher and writer for the Institute for Northern Studies at Ohio State University and as a freelance journalist in Portalnd, having been published by over 20 outlets including NPR, the Center for Media and Democracy,The Huffington Post, Salon, Truthout and VICE.com.