(CNSNews.com) – On Tuesday afternoon, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) accused President Trump of purposefully working to “undermine the health care system” in order to hurt Americans.
“The President would not, quote, be ‘letting Obamacare collapse,’” said Sen. Schumer. “He is actively, actively trying to undermine the health care system in this country.”
The minority leader continued by saying that Republicans can either “join President Trump in trying to sabotage the system and hurt millions of innocent Americans” or “they can start today working with Democrats.”
Earlier in the week, it became apparent that the efforts of Senate Republicans to pass their version of an Obamacare replacement bill would not be successful. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) then proposed that a simple repeal bill be put to a vote on the floor.
“Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful,” Sen. McConnell said Monday evening. Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia responded by announcing that they would not support a repeal bill, effectively ending any chance for quick reform.
Sen. Schumer pointed out the failures of Senate Republicans on this issue and urged them to work with Democrats to “lower premiums” and “improve the quality of health care.” Democrats in the Senate have made it clear they would not support any repeal of the Affordable Care Act– only reforms to it.
Read the full transcript of Sen. Schumer’s remarks below:
“Now, it’s getting clearer and clearer that Senate Republicans won’t be able to pass either their bill or a backup plan of repeal without replacement. We Democrats believe that the time has finally come for our Republican colleagues to take us up on our offer of working together to improve the health care system rather than sabotage it.
“Evidently, President Trump is proposing a different path. He wants to throw up his hands rather than roll up his sleeves to work with us and solve the problem. But, let’s be very clear about what the president is proposing and where his path would lead. The President would not, quote, be ‘letting Obamacare collapse.’ He is actively, actively trying to undermine the health care system in this country, using millions of Americans as political pawns in a cynical game.
“By continuing to deny the insurance markets their certainty that they need to function, the President is playing a dangerous game with the health care of this country. So, our Republican colleagues here in the Senate have a choice to make.
“They can follow the President down a path that will lead to higher premiums, less care, and millions of Americans losing coverage. They can join President Trump in trying to sabotage the system and hurt millions of innocent Americans to try and make a political point that has failed already. Or they can start today working with Democrats. We can work together to lower premiums. We can work together to stabilize the markets. We can work together to improve the quality of health care.”