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Trump Will Consider Amending Obamacare, Not Repealing

Following Donald Trump’s meeting with President Barack Obama on Nov. 10, the Republican President-elect said he is considering an amended version of the Affordable Care Act instead of a complete repeal.

“Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced," Trump said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal published on Nov. 11, according to the Daily Mail.

During their meeting, Obama reportedly asked Trump to consider preserving parts of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

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

One item Trump said he would keep is the requirement that insurers cannot deny coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions, according to BBC News.

Trump also favors allowing young adults to be insured on their parents’ policies until the age of 26.

"I like those very much," Trump said of the two ACA tems.

Other Republican lawmakers have said the same of the two policies.

Speaking with CBS, Trump said the parts of the healthcare bill he was “going to try to keep” were “the strongest assets.”

Under Trump’s plan to repeal or replace the ACA, he promises the change will provide Americans with “great healthcare for much less money.”

Trump’s desire for healthcare reform was a key part of his presidential campaign, stating on his website that the legislation “has tragically but predictably resulted in runaway costs, websites that don’t work, greater rationing of care, higher premiums, less competition and fewer choices. Obamacare has raised the economic uncertainty of every single person residing in this country.”

Trump’s campaign solution was to “bring much-needed free market reforms to the healthcare industry,” which he said were not possible without a repeal of the ACA.

Republican Rep. Chris Collins of New York, a member of Trump’s transition team, told CNN that the ACA plans would remain valid through the end of 2017, according to the Daily Mail.

“Lets face it it'll be a transition, you don't cut it off on a Tuesday and on Wednesday say here's the new plan,” he said. “For the year of 2017, we're not going to be pulling the rug out from anyone.”

Collins added that Republicans will need to time to put together new healthcare legislation.

“The replacing piece, we have replacement ideas," he continued. "We're going to have to make sure we run that through the administration. That's going to take longer.”

The initial changes to the ACA are expected to be made during Trump’s first 100 days as president, such as the provision that requires employers provide coverage to employees who work 30 hours or more a week, the requirement for employers to provide healthcare coverage and the mandate that employees must have some type of coverage.

Under the Affordable Care Act, about 20 million people have secured health insurance. Less than 10 percent of Americans remain without coverage, the lowest level ever recorded.

Sources: Daily Mail, BBC News, Donald Trump / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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