Donald Trump just did an apparent U-turn on Obamacare after his meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House this week.
Reversing his position on repealing Obamacare, the president-elect told the Wall Street Journal that he is going to look at “amending” the Affordable Care Act, rather than completely repealing it, reported The Independent.
The position is a shocker to many, particularly Congressional Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. McConnell has said repealing Obamacare is “pretty high” on his list of priorities for the next four years. Ryan has even asked Trump to allow him privatize Medicare and gut Obamacare.
The healthcare law, which has allowed over 20 million Americans to have access to health insurance since 2010, is proving popular in the wake of the election, with over 100,000 Americans signing up for Affordable Care Act plans on healthcare.gov in the past 48 hours.
Americans have until January 31, 2017 to enroll in or change existing health coverage for the 2017 calendar year.
Mr Obama also said he was “encouraged” by Mr Trump’s willingness to work with his team, telling him: “We want to do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed the country succeeds”.
The tense meeting was far more respectful than the exchanges between the two during the presidential campaign, during which Mr Obama called Mr Trump unfit to be president, and Mr Trump said Mr Obama was “the founder of Isis”.
Shortly after his first meeting with president Obama, Mr Trump said after he spoke with congressional leaders that healthcare would be among his top priorities in office, according to the report.