Interestingly, the Pew Research Center has recently released a survey which indicates The divisions between Republicans and Democrats on fundamental political values – on government, race, immigration, national security, environmental protection and other areas – reached record levels during Barack Obama’s presidency. In Donald Trump’s first year as president, these gaps have grown even larger.
However, although the country is becoming increasingly divided along ideological lines, with fewer people able to say they have friends who belong to the other political party, this division does not seem to extend to the Trump White House.
The president confirmed this with a tweet:
I called Chuck Schumer yesterday to see if the Dems want to do a great HealthCare Bill. ObamaCare is badly broken, big premiums. Who knows!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2017
President Trump’s outreach to Senator Schumer, arguably the nation’s most powerful Democrat, is understandable, given the inability of Senate Republicans to pass “repeal-and-replace” Obamacare.
Currently, the GOP has 52 members and the Senate. Unfortunately winning the vote of at least four Senate Republicans has proven to be extremely difficult.
Senator Murkowski won’t vote for a bill that defunds Planned Parenthood; Senator Paul will only support a clean repeal-and-replace bill rather than the incremental steps that have been offered; Senator Collins is a Progressive, and Senator McCain…well, he just hates President Trump.
However, if one is wondering what sort of Obamacare repeal-and-replace could pass with Senator Schumer’s support, according to the senator, not much of one.
“The president wanted to make another run at repeal and replace, and I told the president that’s off the table,” the New York senator said in a statement about the call. “If he wants to work together to improve the existing health care system, we Democrats are open to his suggestions. A good place to start might be the Alexander-Murray negotiations that would stabilize the system and lower costs.”
Republicans did not run on stabilizing Obamacare however.
And although Alexander-Murray promises to give states more flexibility with regard to Obamacare requirements, it is difficult to believe that the Progressive wing of the Democratic Party, which is pushing for Medicare-For-All, would support a bill that will allow a conservative governor to make any significant change to Obamacare mandates.
The Trump-Schumer bromance is troubling to conservatives, especially those who questioned the president’s commitment to the right when he was a candidate.
And for good reason: whether in response to the president’s outreach to him on Obamacare or to their previous talks regarding immigration, Senator Schumer has clearly indicated that he will not support any compromise to the Progressive agenda.
Perhaps – as the Pew Study indicates – we are as a nation too divided for such compromises to be possible anyway.