Trump Open To Keeping Aspects Of Obamacare

The president-elect told the Wall Street Journal that he favors maintaining at least two parts of the law

Nov 12, 2016 at 2:13 PM ET

As he prepares to take office, President-Elect Donald Trump has said that he would leave in tact some aspects of Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Trump made known his positions in an interview with the Wall Street Journal published on Friday. Although Trump has repeatedly pledged to repeal and replace “Obamacare” once he enters office, he told the WSJ that he would consider maintaining at least two provisions of Obama’s signature legislation after Obama appealed to him to rethink his stance during a Thursday meeting at the White House.

Trump said he’s in favor of maintaining the prohibition against insurers denying patients health coverage based on pre-existing conditions, as well as an arrangement that would permit young adults to stay on their parents’ policies for more time. “I like those very much,” Trump said.

In a separate interview with CBS, Trump affirmed his commitment to insuring people with existing health conditions. “It happens to be one of the strongest assets,” Trump said. “It adds cost, but it’s very much something we’re going to try and keep.”

As far as keeping other pledges he’s made on the campaign trail, Trump has been a bit more cagey. When asked by the WSJ if he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate former presidential rival Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, Trump refused to provide details. “It’s not something I’ve given a lot of thought, because I want to solve health care, jobs, border control, tax reform,” he said.