Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) appeared on ABC's “This Week” on Sunday to discuss a number of this week's biggest stories, but his most newsworthy comments were about health care legislation.
When host George Stephanopoulos asked if the Democrats would commit to a single-payer health care system as its priority, Schumer hedged, but he said it was one of several options “on the table.”
“Our economic agenda, we have talked so much about health care that we're not going the address that in this agenda,” he began. “We've been talking about it. And let me just say, the first thing we're going to do — I think that this Trumpcare will not pass. It just is rotten.”
He added that “people are not for reducing taxes on rich people or getting rid of Medicaid,” as it's a “very, very middle-class thing now as well as for poor people.”
When Stephanopoulos pushed as to what the Democrats were actually considering, Schumer elaborated.
“We're gonna look at broader things: single payer is one of them,” he said. “Many things are on the table. Medicare for people above 55 is on the table, a buy-in to Medicare is on the table, a buy-in to Medicaid is on the table.”
He also repeated his recent talking point that he wants the regular order of the Senate in action, with bipartisan hearings and committees.
Schumer closed the health care discussion with an allusion to how President Donald Trump campaigned on passing a single-payer health care system, only to eschew the idea after the election.
“We’re going to fill the vacuum that Donald Trump left when he campaigned on some of the things like this and then abandoned them for the hard-right Koch brothers.”