New Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerObama says US 'desperately needs' Biden legislation ahead of key votes Congress shows signs of movement on stalled Biden agenda Schumer gets shoutout, standing ovation from crowd at Tony Awards 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 ReidTo Build Back Better, we need a tax system where everyone pays their fair share Democrats say Biden must get more involved in budget fight Biden looks to climate to sell economic agenda 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 TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE's "Make America Great Again" campaign tagline.
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"Some of us might want to offer a public option if you kept Obamacare, not if you repealed it," the senator said.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."