On October 7, Trump tweeted that he called Chuck Schumer to see if Democrats were interested in doing a deal. The goal would be to deal with the vast premium crisis associated with the Obamacare insurance.
Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that while Trump approached them specifically for repeal legislation that they would be ready to discuss other options such as managing the healthcare law already in place. “The president wanted to make another run at repeal and replace and I told the president that’s off the table,” Schumer said in response to Trump’s tweet.
“If he wants to work together to improve the existing healthcare system, we Democrats are open to his suggestions. A good place to start might be the Alexander-Murray negotiations that would stabilize the system and lower costs.”
An unknown Republican source mentioned that it signals that Trump is willing to work across the aisles in order to get the 51 majority that he currently lacks with the Republicans. He will be willing to play the field. Earlier in September, he made a deal with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi saying that in order to prevent the Government from shutting down that he would not immediately deport 800,000 Dreamers.
GOP Senator Lamar Alexander and Democratic Senator Patty Murray proposed a similar legislation that would offer stabilization but was shut-down by GOP interests during the repeal process.
In September, Trump also laid out different options on how to move the healthcare bill forward. Working with Democrats was one of the options that was on the table. It seems that Trump is at least trying that approach right now. Will Trump have a compromise in mind?
It should also be noted that Trump has been making this proposal in the wake of Hurricane Nate hitting Louisiana. Trump may either be playing the field, or, he also may be deciding when it is okay to play politics and when it is not okay to play politics.
Trump has stated many times over the course of the past few months that he wanted the healthcare law repealed no matter what. It is doubtful that Democrats will want to repeal the legislation. However, whether Trump will continue and try anyways or make concessions is anyone’s guess. At this point, Trump does not seem to be anyone that is ideologically bound given the rift among GOP Senators like Bob Corker and John McCain and the usual Democrats that have been given their unforgettable nicknames. Now, whether or not he could try to work with Democrats, then say that he tried to work with Democrats and they didn’t want to work with him – that is something that remains to be seen.