The president's call signaled his impatience with the gridlocked GOP majorities in Congress, which have failed in multiple attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this year. "ObamaCare is badly broken, big premiums".
Trump's tweet about his call with Schumer could irk some Republicans already unenthusiastic about the president's recent work with Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on a deal to keep the government open.
What a new health care deal would contain is unclear. And a deal isn't impossible to imagine, considering Trump seems to lack any specific policy preferences on health care, and occasionally has sounded like a Democrat when discussing the issue (promising to cover everyone and not to cut Medicare or Medicaid).
Schumer said Saturday that such an effort by Trump to "make another run at repeal and replace" is "off the table".
For his part, Schumer released a statement stressing that he and Democrats would be happy to talk about how "to improve the existing health care system", though not "repeal".More news: 'New India' Will Be Built Through Tech Revolution, Says PM
Schumer said a starting point could be negotiations led by Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and ranking member Sen. People covered under the ACA represent about half of those who purchase individual policies.
Fox is told the Trump administration's announcement Friday to expand employers' rights of limit insurance coverage for birth control is a problem for Democrats. Trump also met with the NY senator and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to discuss a legislative amnesty for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries.
The president was also headlining a fundraiser on Saturday night in Greensboro, North Carolina, to benefit his Trump Victory joint fundraising committee with the Republican National Committee.
In a two-part tweet, he said: "Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid. hasn't worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of US negotiators". The president made sure it was clear he has no idea what could happen next: "Who knows!"