Donald Trump double-minded on Obamacare

Updated: Nov 13, 2016, 10:00 IST | Agencies |

Donald Trump, the US President-elect could either amend or repeal the law introduced under Obama regime

President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Thursday. Pic/APPresident Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Thursday. Pic/AP

New York: US President-elect Donald Trump said he will consider an “amended” version of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law – a shift in position after repeatedly vowing on the campaign trail that he would repeal the measure.

Trump explained in an interview with The Wall Street Journal published on Friday that his shift came after White House talks on Thursday with Obama, who asked him to consider preserving parts of the Affordable Care Act.

“Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced,” Trump told the newspaper. “I told him I will look at his suggestions, and out of respect, I will do that.”

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..

But, while the ACA has faced unanimous Republican opposition since its enactment in 2010, the question of they could replace it has remained unanswered. About 20 million Americans have gained health insurance under the law, reducing the share of the public without coverage to below 10 percent, the lowest recorded.

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