President-elect Donald Trump made the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare a key issue of his campaign. Trump called the health care law “unworkable,” “horrible” and said it would be extinguished, by repealing and replacing it.
But apparently that longer-than-expected, 90-minute meeting between Trump and President Obama yielded some fruit for the current president.
In the first interview since he was elected to office, The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump was persuaded by Obama to retain at least a portion of Obama’s signature, legacy legislation.
The newspaper reports that Trump is willing to keep the preexisting conditions and ‘pajama boy’ portions of the law:
Mr. Trump also showed a willingness to preserve at least two provisions of the health law after the president asked him to reconsider repealing it during their meeting at the White House 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 [up to age 26] on their insurance policies.
The Trump team has promised full repeal of the law that passed without a single Republican vote in favor of it.
The Journal reports that Trump said he’d consider retaining the two popular programs “out of respect” and has added a new variable to his ObamaCare plans:
“=Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced.
When the latest news hit social media, it was like water on a scalding-hot griddle:
Trump tells WSJ he is willing to keep certain parts of the Obama health law, and not do a full repeal https://t.co/f8rZzisqB8
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) November 11, 2016
Conservatives: but what about the Muslim ban, what about repealing Obamacare?
— zeus⚡️ (@ruledbyzeus) November 11, 2016
Donald Trump just did a U-turn on his biggest campaign promise https://t.co/M4gaMNSuw7
— The Independent (@Independent) November 11, 2016
But many Trump supporters said, ‘hey wait a minute–this isn’t a flip flop’:
Well that is what the WSJ is trying to do and you are basically quoting them. He was never again pre existing coverage
— Fran Picone (@Franapicone) November 11, 2016
This is WAY too complicated an issue to explain on Twitter. Unnecessarily stirring up the masses with this type of tweet.
— CDB (@quietnolonger) November 11, 2016
Trump economic adviser Stephen Moore told Independent Journal Review that the dismantling of some parts of the law will take place in the first 100 days of the Trump administration and the law eventually will be fully repealed and replaced.
Dr. Ben Carson, who’s rumored to be considered a contender for the post of Secretary of Health and Human Services, says soon after the Trump administration comes to power, they’ll be expanding health savings accounts and using free market principles to bring costs down for Americans.