Donald Trump makes Obamacare U-turn


President-elect Donald Trump has made a major U-turn on Obamacare, saying he may consider an amended version rather than repealing it altogether.
Mr Trump, 70, had said during his presidential campaign that he would repeal the measure.
However, following a meeting with Mr Obama at the White House, Mr Trump has said he will, instead, consider changing rather than scrapping Obamacare altogether.
Mr Trump said that Mr Obama had personally urged him to think about keeping some parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
However, he said he had not come to a definite decision as of yet. He said: “Either Obamacarewill be amended, or repealed and replaced.I told him I will look at his suggestions, and out of respect, I will do that.”
His statement on Obamacare comes as the First Family prepares for the airing of a 60 Minutes interview, which will go out on Sunday.
Mr Trump’s wife and children have done a sit-down interview with Lesley Stahl; their first since Mr Trump won the election.
The ACA has faced unananimous opposition from Republicans since it was enacted in 2010.
So far, around 20 million Americans have gained health insurance under the new law.
That has taken the amount of people without health insurance to below 10 per cent, the lowest number since records began.
Mr Trump is now indicating that he favours continuing to prevent insurance companies from denying people insurance based on pre-existing conditions.
Before the law was brought in, insurers were able to deny cover to people who had previously been diagnosed with just about any illness or condition.
Entrepreneur Mr Trump also said that he was not opposed to the clause in the Obamacare legislation which allows children to remain on the insurance policies held by their parents, until they reach the age of 26.
While many people who watched Mr Trump and Mr Obama come face to face for a meeting at the White House, said it was visibly awkward, Mr Trump said it was an honour to meet Mr Obama.
He later tweeted: “A fantastic day in D.C. Met with President Obama for the first time. Really good meeting, great chemistry. Melania liked Mrs. O a lot!”
Mr Trump will be officially sworn in as president in January, when more detail will emerge about which policies he plans to retain and which he intends to shelve.


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