Trump Backs Off Obamacare

By Autumn Pattison 11/18/16

President-elect Donald Trump seems to be moving away from his previous stance on Obamacare, citing a meeting with President Obama Thursday as the reason he will compromise on certain provisions.While on the campaign trail, Trump was very vocal about “repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare”, but in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, he said he was reconsidering his stance. This shift away from rhetoric that helped him win the presidency may cause controversy among conservatives.

After meeting with Obama, Trump expressed interest in keeping certain provisions, including those prohibiting discrimination based on pre-existing conditions and protecting young Americans who are on their parents’ health care plans. “Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced,” he said, acknowledging that it was Obama, who met with Trump in the Oval Office for 90 minutes, who encouraged him to reconsider. “I told him I will look at his suggestions, and out of respect, I will do that.” When asked about the time in between repealing and replacing Obamacare, Trump assured CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl that the two would happen “simultaneously.” He went on to explain that there would not be “a two-year period where we have nothing.” It appears that Trump is revising his (health care) policy to fit better with Republican orthodoxy, according to the (The) Washington Post.

Trump’s plan severely contradicts his previous statements about American health care. In a “60 Minutes” interview last year, Trump said that he was “going to take care of everybody,” and that he believed everybody should be covered. His plan states that “Our elected representatives must eliminate the individual mandate. No person should be required to buy insurance unless he or she wants to.” At a CNN GOP debate in February, Trump expressed his desire to “repeal” Obamacare, but keep the provision protecting those with pre-existing conditions. The plan outlined on his website contains no defense of those with pre-existing conditions, and states that Obamacare must be repealed “completely.”