One day after his first and only meeting with Barack Obama, Donald Trump suggested he may take a more flexible view of what to do with Obamacare. “Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal in an interview.
Trump said that Obama had suggested areas of the health law that should be kept. “I told him I will look at his suggestions, and out of respect, I will do that,” Mr. Trump said in his Trump Tower office.
Ironically, Trump’s walkback comes just day after Trump’s attacks on the health law intensified toward the end of his campaign, and comes on the same day as he suggested he may be more lenient on Dodd-Frank. At his final rally on the eve of the election in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he called for “repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare.” As we reported yesterday, according to Trump’s initial health plan, published yesterday on his transition website, the ACA would be “repealed and replaced.”
“A Trump Administration will work with Congress to repeal the ACA and replace it with a solution that includes Health Savings Accounts, and returns the historic role in regulating health insurance to the States,” according to the website.
Trump told the Wall Street Journal that he values two features of the ACA: a ban on insurers denying coverage to individuals who are sick, and a provision allowing children to stay on their parents’ plans for a period of time.
His transition website lays out an approach to the issue of coverage for individuals who are sick with so-called “pre-existing conditions” that’s different from the ACA. On the site, Trump says he’d use high-risk pools — state insurance programs for individuals who are sick or otherwise unable to get coverage — to cover those with large medical expenses who have “not maintained continuous coverage.”