On Tuesday, top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway said that the Trump administration plans to make sure that those currently on Obamacare will not become uninsured under the administration’s replacement.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough asked Conway,
“If Americans have healthcare today under the Affordable Care Act, will they have healthcare — it sounds like Donald Trump is saying they will have healthcare under whatever replaces it?”
Conway responded by stating,
“That is correct, we don’t want anyone who currently has insurance to not have insurance. Also we are very aware that the public likes coverage for preexisting conditions. There are some pieces of merit in the current plan.”
In explaining why the administration feels that Obamacare needs to be replaced, Conway pointed to steep premium increases.
Conway’s insistence that the administration will maintain the same level of coverage as Obamacare is of critical importance to Democrats — who have warned that roughly 20 million people who have gained healthcare coverage under the healthcare law could lose it.
However, as seems to be the case with many of Mrs. Conway’s statements, it is virtually impossible to know exactly how valid they are. We really have no idea how a replacement plan will actually play out — especially in terms of maintaining coverage for those that have been insured under Obamacare.
In her Morning Joe appearance, Conway also was not firm in validating Trump’s desire to both repeal and replace the healthcare law simultaneously. When prompted on the subject by host Joe Scarborough, Conway explained,
“Let’s see what happens practically. Some experts say that it could take years to actually complete the process.”