In an exclusive The Wall Street Journal interview released on Friday, Donald Trump said he would consider letting certain parts of the Affordable Care Act stand. His admission comes as a surprise, as his campaign promises included repealing Obamacare as a top priority.
Trump previously admonished the Affordable Care Act, saying it was not working for the public. His assertions were even shared by those close to Obama, including Bill Clinton. Obama’s health care marketplace initiative has seen some wild ups and downs, but Trump doesn’t appear to be repealing it entirely. The president-elect told WSJ he is willing to keep two parts of it after speaking with President Obama on Thursday:
Mr. Trump said he favors keeping the prohibition against insurers denying coverage because of patients’ existing conditions, and a provision that allows parents to provide years of additional coverage for children on their insurance policies. “I like those very much,” Mr. Trump said in the interview.
Trump’s promise to keep these aspects of Obamacare could be subject to change, as some of his most ardent campaign promises appear to be up in the air. His statement on a proposed ban on Muslims in the country mysteriously disappeared from his website, but then eventually popped up again, so he may not keep this promise.
The WSJ interview also covered a wide range of topics — including Mike Pence’s enlarged role in the White House and creating more jobs through infrastructure — but deflected questions geared towards his campaign promise of appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton.
(Via The Wall Street Journal)