Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York is threatening political payback if congressional Republicans and President-elect Donald Trump try to undo President Barack Obama’s major legislative achievements.
“They will rue the day” they repeal Obama’s health care law, Senate Democrats’ leader-in-waiting told The Associated Press in an interview in his office on Friday. “It’s a political nightmare for them. They’ll be like the dog that caught the bus.”
Mr. Trump, after meeting with Obama, said he’d like to keep popular pieces of the six-year-old law, including the requirement to extend coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and the provision allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26.
But Schumer said it was a non-starter to try picking off favored pieces of the Affordable Care Act.
“There is no way that you can keep those things without keeping the ACA,” Schumer insisted. He added that he’d made similar points directly to Mr. Trump, but declined to share the president-elect’s response.