Schumer: GOP wants to 'Make America Sick Again'

Schumer: GOP wants to 'Make America Sick Again'
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New Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer names coronavirus czar candidates in plea to White House Democrats struggle to keep up with Trump messaging on coronavirus Schumer: Fired inspector general will be remembered as a 'hero' MORE (D-N.Y.) says Republicans want to “Make America Sick Again” by trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

"It will create chaos. Because you cannot repeal a plan and put nothing in its place. It doesn’t matter if you say the repeal won’t take place for year or two years,” Schumer told Politico Playbook in an interview Wednesday.

Schumer, who is replacing former Sen. Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidGOP embraces big stimulus after years of decrying it Five Latinas who could be Biden's running mate Winners and losers from Super Tuesday MORE (D-Nev.) as the top Democrat in Congress, said Democrats will use the "Make America Sick Again" slogan in healthcare rallies across the country. The line is a play on President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report MORE's "Make America Great Again" campaign tagline.

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Trump campaigned on the promise to repeal President Obama’s signature healthcare legislation, a fight Democrats are gearing up for as the 115th Congress begins.

"Some of us might want to offer a public option if you kept Obamacare, not if you repealed it," the senator said. "Some of us would want to give the insurance regulators more clout to come down on the insurance companies. Things like that."

He also maintained that Democrats won’t “save their butts” if the Republicans “screw it up.”

“Obviously they’re not going to say we won’t look at anything. But the idea of just tweaking a Republican plan that takes away these benefits, the bottom line is there is virtual unanimity in our caucus that we’re all from Missouri: Show me. If they show us a plan, and it’s a plan that we can live with, of course. But we’re not going to sit down in a room with them once they repeal and say let’s figure out a joint plan."