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Schumer: Trump Does Not Understand Health Care Deal

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Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer has accused President Donald Trump of failing to understand a bipartisan deal involving the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

On Oct. 17, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray announced a proposal to continue funding cost-sharing reduction payments for a further two years, according to The Hill.

In exchange, individual states will have more scope to change Obamacare regulations by applying for waivers.

"Frankly the president doesn't know what he's talking about in the compromise," Schumer said during a speech in the Senate, according to The Hill. "The president ought to know what he's talking about when he tweets about bills. Because on this one he had no understanding of what it's about."

Trump wrote on Twitter Oct. 18 that he "can never support bailing out insurance companies who have made a fortune w/ O'Care."

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It remains unclear whether the agreement has enough votes to pass the Senate. Alexander will need to win over a large number of Republicans, many of whom could criticize the deal as a continuation of Obamacare.

"This president keeps zigging and zagging so it's impossible to govern," said Schumer, who also stated that Trump was obstructing the process of finalizing the measure.

"There are many reasons to feel vehemently upset, strongly upset about this tweet, how wrong it is," Schumer added. "Our only hope is maybe tomorrow he'll be for this again."

Trump gave mixed messages on his view of the agreement at a press conference on Oct. 17.

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"So when I knocked out the hundreds of millions of dollars a month being paid back to the insurance companies by politicians, I must tell you, that wanted me to continue to pay this, I said I'm not going to do it," Trump said of his decision to cancel CSR payments, according to CNN. "This is money that goes to the insurance companies to line their pockets, to raise up their stock prices. And they've had a record run. They've had an incredible run, and it's not appropriate."

Later during the same briefing, a reporter asked Trump directly about the agreement to restore CSRs.

"So they are indeed working, but it is a short-term solution so that we don't have this very dangerous little period -- including dangerous periods for insurance companies, by the way," added Trump. "For a period of one year, two years, we will have a very good solution."

At a Heritage Foundation speech later on Oct. 17, Trump attacked the provision in the Alexander-Murray deal that would continue CSRs, describing them as a "bailout" to insurers.

Sources: The Hill, CNN / Featured Image: Shealah Craighead/ via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Donald J. Trump/Twitter via Wikimedia Commons, Glenn Fawcett/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons

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