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Schumer to Gillibrand: No Health Care Proposal This Year

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A top Senate Democrat signaled Friday evening that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., might hold off on proposing a new health care proposal until after the midterm elections.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid on Friday, the Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said it would be “unimaginable” to pass a sweeping health care bill in the Senate now.

“There’s a sense of urgency because of the momentum of this movement that’s developing across the country,” Mr. Schumer said in an interview on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” program. “But again, not in this year.”

“We can’t move a bill right now,” he added. “And if anything, I don’t think anybody is going to come forward. And then, the more we move the more they may see that we don’t have the votes to pass it. So just for a while.”

Mr. Schumer said Ms. Gillibrand would continue to advocate for changes to the health care law, citing the Affordable Care Act as one of the signature achievements of the Obama administration.

“She is going to continue to advocate for change to the ACA to make it the health care plan that we know it can be,” he said.

He was referring to the law’s signature success, prohibiting insurance companies from charging more based on gender or pre-existing medical conditions.

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