In a Sunday morning interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told host George Stephanopoulos that the Democratic Party is “willing to work” with President Donald Trump on the issue of healthcare.
Schumer also mentioned that President Trump never approached Democrats in an effort to find common ground in reforming the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“We Democrats, provided our Republican colleagues drop replace and stop undermining the ACA, are willing to work with our Republican friends — as long as they say ‘no more repeal,'” Schumer said. “We have ideas. They have ideas to try to improve Obamacare. We never said it was perfect. We always said we’d work with them to improve it. We just said repeal was off the table.”
Schumer expressed his annoyance with the president for his wide-ranging denouncements of the ACA. “For the president to say that he’ll destroy it or undermine it … that’s not presidential,” Schumer chimed. “That’s petulance, and it’s not going to work.”
“And if he — out of anger or vengeance or whatever — starts undermining [the] ACA, it’s going to backfire on him,” Schumer continued. “Because he’s the president and the American people know he’s in charge and they want him to make things better.”
A snippet of Schumer’s interview can be seen below:
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 26, 2017
H/T: The Hill
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