- The Washington Times - Monday, February 27, 2017

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Monday the odds are “very high” that Democrats will ultimately be able to preserve Obamacare and said his troops on Capitol Hill are totally united against GOP efforts to repeal the law.

“I predict the discord in their party will grow as Republicans turn to Washington and after this last week of angry town halls,” said Mr. Schumer, New York Democrat. “I believe the odds are very high that we will keep the [affordable care act]. It will not be repealed.”

Mr. Schumer told reporters at the National Press Club that Republicans have not been able to pick off a “single Democrat” to support the GOP’s plans to repeal the law.

“We have shown a united front, while the Republican internecine warfare has been on full display,” he said.

Mr. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were making a joint appearance ahead of President Trump’s address to Congress on Tuesday.

“If they can come up with something that doesn’t reduce coverage, doesn’t reduce benefit package[s] and does not raise the cost, we have something to talk about,” said Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat. “But we haven’t seen that yet.”

Mrs. Pelosi also said it would be a “sad evening” Tuesday if Mr. Trump’s speech before Congress mirrors his inaugural address.

“We look forward to seeing what the president has to say tomorrow night. If it’s anything like his inaugural address, I think it [would] be a sad evening for our country,” she said. “Let’s be hopeful.”

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