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Trump says open to temporary healthcare reform deal with Democrats

Trump says open to temporary healthcare reform deal with Democrats”

President Donald Trump will next week sign an executive order to loosen Obamacare rules, The Wall Street Journal reports.

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media on South Lawn of the White House in Washington before his departure to Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S., October 7, 2017.

"So if we could do a one-year deal or two-year deal as a temporary measure, you'll have block granting ultimately to the states, which is what Republicans want", Trump said. "That really is a repeal and replace". In an interview taped earlier this week and aired Saturday night on Trinity Broadcasting Network, the president assured host Mike Huckabee that "we'll have health care before the election".

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.

Earlier Saturday, Trump said he had spoken with the Senate's Democratic leader on Friday to gauge whether the minority party was interested in helping pass "great" health legislation.

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"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. Schumer said if Trump "wants to work together to improve the existing health care system, we Democrats are open to his suggestions".

"I told the president that's off the table", Schumer said in a statement.

Schumer pointed to bipartisan efforts by Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Democratic Senator Patty Murray to fix Obamacare as "a good place to start".

Trump's offer echoes a deal he reached last month with Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, top Democrat in the House, to continue funding the government.

National Football League players and Trump have had a two-week long stand-off in what Trump has referred to as the disrespect of the anthem and the American flag.

A Democratic aide with direct knowledge of the call said it would be hard to progress with negotiations while the Trump administration takes actions to undermine the law, citing new rules that would roll back the Obamacare mandate that birth control be covered with no co-pay as a preventive service.

Although Democrats have been mostly united against Trump's agenda, there is a precedent for a bipartisan deal.



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