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Trump Says He Might Keep Two Key Portions Of Obamacare

| by Lauren Briggs

With a Republican majority in the Senate and the House of Representatives, President-elect Donald Trump is expected to face little opposition in repealing President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, which he pledged to do many times throughout his campaign. But Trump said on Nov. 11 that he will reconsider ending portions of the plan that he has called "a disaster."

After meeting with Obama to discuss his transition to the White House, Trump told The Wall Street Journal that he agreed with Obama to consider keeping portions of the health care law, such as those that bar insurance companies from refusing coverage to those with pre-existing conditions and allow young people to stay on their parents' insurance policies until the age of 26, reports Reuters.

"I told him I will look at his suggestions, and out of respect, I will do that," Trump said.

He added that the American people will soon see what many call Obamacare either "amended, or repealed and replaced."

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The two provisions Trump referenced have support from some high-ranking Republicans, even though most GOP legislators oppose the health insurance system.

Trump has vowed to repeal the entire act and work to implement "free market principles" to make health care accessible for all, according to his campaign website.

"As it appears Obamacare is certain to collapse of its own weight, the damage done by the Democrats and President Obama, and abetted by the Supreme Court, will be difficult to repair unless the next President and a Republican congress lead the effort to bring much-needed free market reforms to the healthcare industry," Trump's health care reform plan reads. "But none of these positive reforms can be accomplished without Obamacare repeal. On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare."

Trump also said he would focus on creating jobs through infrastructure projects, protecting American workers by imposing tariffs on companies that moved production abroad, strengthening border control and implementing tax reform, notes Reuters.

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When asked if he would follow through on a campaign pledge to aggressively pursue putting former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton behind bars, Trump said it was not something he had "given a lot of thought."

Sources: Reuters, DonaldJTrump.com / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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