Politics

Trump Says He Might Have To Work With Democrats On Obamacare Repeal

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump thinks he will have to work with Democrats in order to repeal Obamacare.

The president maintains that Republicans have the votes to pass health care, even though the most recent effort failed as three Republican senators said they wouldn’t support it.

” You know, when you have 52 votes and you need 51, it’s, you know, it’s very hard to get, because you always have somebody — and in some cases, they want to grandstand. A lot of bad things happen. But we have the votes. But we don’t have the time, because it’s Friday,” Trump said in reference to Senate rules forcing Republicans to need 60 votes to repeal Obamacare starting Oct. 1.

The comments from Trump came in an interview that aired Thursday on “Fox on Friends.”

“But in the meantime, I’m going to start negotiating with Democrats. And we’ll see what happens,” Trump added.

The president continued on to say he has a “nice relationship” with Democratic leadership and that “if we can do a great health care bill, bipartisan, I’m okay with that.”

Trump worked with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on a recent debt ceiling deal, however, it is unclear what a bipartisan Obamacare repeal bill would look like. The health care legislation is a key facet of former President Obama’s legislation, and Democrats seem poised to want to strengthen the legislation instead of dismantle it.

Several key Democratic senators recently signed on to a bill to implement a single payer health care system.