Free Press Journal

Trump open to keeping amended version of Obamacare: Aides


Washington : Donald Trump has indicated that he will consider retaining an “amended” version of the Affordable Care Act, a marked shift in stance on his major campaign promise of repealing President Barack Obama’s flagship healthcare law. The President-elect made the apparent U-turn after his meeting with Obama at the White House this week, according to the Wall Street Journal, reports PTI. In an interview with the newspaper, Trump said his priority is to move “quickly” on Obamacare, which has become “expensive and unworkable”.

At the same time, he “showed a willingness to preserve at least two provisions” of the law after the outgoing president Barack Obama asked him to reconsider repealing it during their meeting at the White House on Thursday, the daily said. “Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced,” Trump said.

“I told him I will look at his suggestions, and out of respect, I will do that.”

According to the Journal, Trump said he favours retaining a key part of Obamacare that stops insurers from refusing to cover people because they have existing conditions, as well as a provision that allows parents to provide years of additional coverage for children on their insurance policies.

“I like those very much.” Trump also appeared to be committed on his promises of bringing jobs back through improved international trade deals and massive infrastructure investment, besides focusing on defeating IS. “I want a country that loves each other. I want to stress that,” Trump said in his first interview after winning the November 8 presidential elections, in which he defeated Hillary Clinton after mounting one of the most divisive campaigns in recent memory.