Schumer: I told Trump that ObamaCare repeal was 'off the table'

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he

"The president wanted to make another run at repeal and replace and I told the president that's off the table", Schumer said in a statement on his call with Trump on Friday, news of which the president confirmed in a tweet. Axios first reported Trump's call to Schumer on Friday.

Most Democrats have acknowledged that the ACA needs improvement and changes, however Republicans want to completely replace it with a plan which would ultimately harm those with pre-existing conditions, something Democrats will have nothing of. And President Trump himself repeatedly made the freakish and seemingly untrue claim that he already had secured enough Republican votes to pass a bill and simply hadn't done so because of a senator's illness. Tax reform could take longer than expected, and the Republican "no" votes in the Senate against the GOP's effort haven't yet budged. But Schumer quickly put out his own statement making it clear that a repeal of Obamacare was out of the question.

After the Senate failed to approve the Republican bill that would have repealed parts of Obamacare in July, the Democrats in Congress urged Trump to "stop the sabotage" of the Affordable Care Act and work with the party to improve healthcare. Patty Murray that he says would stabilize the country's health care system and lower costs.

Schumer said a starting point could be negotiations led by Sens.

Trump has shown an inclination to go around the GOP majorities in Congress to strike deals with Democrats. Lamar Alexander and Washington Democratic Sen.

On the health care front, the Trump administration rankled Democrats Thursday when his administration announced employers and insurers with religious or moral convictions do not have to comply with Obamacare's mandate to cover birth control.

The answer back: Democrats are willing to hear his ideas, but scrapping the Obama health law is a nonstarter. Again, though, whether anti-Obamacare House Republicans in particular will pass a bill to shore up the program remains uncertain.

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