Trump post-election interview reveals some Obamacare provisions may be preserved

In his first interview since defeating Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential election, New York businessman Donald Trump told the Wall Street Journal of his intent to consider keeping two provisions of President Obama’s signature health-care law, the Affordable Care Act, intact.

“Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced,” Trump said.

Inspired by his Oval Office meeting on Thursday with Mr. Obama, Trump said he is weighing allowing children to remain on their family’s health insurance plan until age 26 and forbidding insurance firms from refusing coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions.

Often referring to Obamacare as a “disaster,” Mr. Trump repeatedly declared his intent to repeal the Affordable Care Act during the presidential campaign

Mr. Trump did, however, profess his desire to keep these two key provisions while a candidate in GOP primary debates. The notion of retaining these clauses has been popular with congressional Republicans, even those who have worked for the law’s repeal.

Trump also discussed top legislative preferences for his first 100 days in office.  Policy objectives include sweeping away President Obama’s executive orders, deregulating the financial sector to spur lending by banks, immigration and tax reform, renegotiating trade agreements and creating national infrastructure programs.

When asked about the potential of appointing a special prosecutor to further investigate Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server while Secretary of State, Trump said: “It’s not something I’ve given a lot of thought, because I want to solve health care, jobs, border control, tax reform.”

 

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