Why Trump is keeping parts of Obamacare

  • Why Trump is keeping parts of Obamacare

Why Trump is keeping parts of Obamacare

Republican presidential elect Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016.

Throughout his wild and unpredictable campaign, President-elect Donald Trump promised many things - among them, to build a wall, to reduce taxes, and, of course, to repeal and replace President Obama's landmark health care legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.

"One of the things the Affordable Care Act provides through its community health center program is a basic subsidy that is created to cover some of your uncompensated care". "It will be interesting to see how the president chooses to go about repealing it".

Trump could, for instance, immediately upon taking office stop enforcing health care law guidances put in place by Obama's administration.

"Yes, because it happens to be one of the strongest assets", Trump said.

"(Trump) has talked about convening a special session on January 20 after he is sworn in as President of the United States to do this very thing, to repeal and replace Obamacare", Conway said on "Fox News Sunday". "But we still have very little detail about what that really means".

According to the World Health Organization, the United States spends a higher amount of our gross domestic product on health care than any other country, even though we are ranked 37 out of 191 in performance of our health care system.

Why Trump is keeping parts of Obamacare
Why Trump is keeping parts of Obamacare

At CNN's GOP debate in February, Trump said he would get rid of Obamacare but maintain the provision that insurers must cover people with pre-existing conditions.

Trump's repeated attacks on the law were a central focus of his campaign, during which he used it to needle rival Hillary Clinton as insurance premiums rose for some enrollees, especially in battleground states.

Gluck told VOA she thinks the Republicans, as well as Trump himself, may be open to preserving some of the existing health care law, once the ramifications of wiping out people's newly acquired health insurance make themselves clear. But if they don't and millions lose coverage, "we're going to have a problem". "It's already a situation where people can't afford it".

Tracy Pate, lead navigator and outreach coordinator for Appalachian Project Access, a nonprofit created in-part to help people find insurance coverage through the online marketplace, said a straight repeal of the law without new provisions would be catastrophic for the millions who purchased coverage for the first time because of it. You know, I know how to do this stuff.

"So the Democrats can easily filibuster against any repeal of the ACA", he said. We have some of the most advanced health care in the world; our people need health insurance to get appropriate health care.

"We're here, and we're still helping people", she said.