President-elect Donald Trump appears to be leaving all options on the table when it comes to the Affordable Care Act otherwise known as ‘Obamacare.’
In his first interview since the election, Trump told the Wall Street Journal that he would consider leaving in place certain parts of the healthcare law, an indication that he was open to moving off of his repeated emphatic pledge to repeal and replace it.
He stressed that one of the priorities was to move “quickly” on the President’s healthcare initiative which he argued has become so unworkable and expensive that “you can’t use it.” This in light of news this week that enrollment had spiked.
Two major portions of the law which Trump said that he was favoring keeping are the prohibition against insurers denying coverage because of patients’ pre-existing conditions, and a provision that allows parents to provide years of additional coverage for children on their insurance.
On healthcare, Trump said that a big reason for his shift from his position for an outright repeal was the meeting that he had with the President on Thursday at the White House, where he said Obama suggested areas of the ACA to preserve. “I told him I will look at his suggestions, and out of respect, I will do that,” said the President-elect.
“Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced,” he said. This effectively means that all options are now on the table despite his strict mandate during the campaign.
He also hinted at who might ultimately drive the details of the issue when he suggested that he would heavily rely on his vice president Mike Pence, who has over a decade of experience in Congress and many relationships which Trump’s close circle lack. “Mike will have a big role. He’s very capable.”
Trump also promised a change in tone as he shifts from campaigning to governing. “I want a country that loves each other,” he said. ” I want to stress that.”