Top U.S. Senate Democrat holds out hope for Obamacare subsidies


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Friday expressed optimism on chances for a deal with Republicans to continue Obamacare's subsidy payments for low-income people, despite President Donald Trump's decision to scrap the healthcare insurance supports.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Schumer said, "We're going to have a very good opportunity to get this done in a bipartisan way" during negotiations in December on broad federal spending legislation, "if we can't get it done sooner."

(Reporting By Richard Cowan; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)