Trump Tries to Revive Health Care Debate With Phone Call to Schumer

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposed combining funding measures for the Children's Health Insurance Program with a bipartisan bill aimed at stabilizing insurance markets, though the second bill is still being drafted, according to The Hill. Trump said he wanted test the waters for a "great HealthCare bill". Chuck Schumer on Friday to discuss the 2010 law, which Trump said "is badly broken, big premiums".

Trump's latest overture to Democrats follows repeated Republican failures to fulfill a seven-year promise to scrap Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement, despite controlling the White House and Congress since January.

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Schumer said that Trump asked him about another attempt to repeal Obamacare but that he told the President that Democrats would not work with him on that. Mr. Trump last month shocked Republicans when he reached a deal with Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, to extend the debt limit, suggesting he may be open to future deals with Democrats.

For his part, Schumer released a statement stressing that he and Democrats would be happy to talk about how "to improve the existing health care system", though not "repeal". "A good place to start might be the Alexander-Murray negotiations that would stabilize the system and lower costs", Schumer added.

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Retiring Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, said tax reform will make health care look like a "piece of cake", especially if the Republican Party wants to truly reform the complicated tax code, not just make a few tax cuts.

But this brief boom of bipartisanship was derailed later in September, as Senate Republicans tried yet again to pass Obamacare repeal along partisan lines, this time with the Graham-Cassidy bill. Trump is once again signaling to Democrats he's open to working with them to enact legislation after GOP efforts failed. This summer, Schumer publicly offered to negotiate with Trump if Republicans were willing to drop what he called a "fundamentally flawed approach". The president has referred to the two Democrats as "Chuck and Nancy".

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