You are here:HomeNews CenterInsurance News2016Trump Now Wants to Keep Popular Obamacare Provisions

Trump Now Wants to Keep Popular Obamacare Provisions

President-elect Donald Trump reversed himself on completely eliminating the Affordable Care Act (ACA), saying instead he would keep two popular features and pledged there would be no sudden lapse in coverage during the legislative process as it’s replaced...
November 16, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump reversed himself on completely eliminating the Affordable Care Act (ACA), saying instead he would keep two popular features and pledged there would be no sudden lapse in coverage during the legislative process as it’s replaced. In excerpts of his interview on “60 Minutes,” Trump said he would like to keep the portions of the law requiring coverage of pre-existing conditions and allowing children living at home under and the age of 26 to be covered on their parents’ policies.

The ban on insurers denying coverage to individuals who are sick “happens to be one of the strongest assets,” of the Affordable Care Act, Trump said. He acknowledged that keeping the provision allowing adult children to stay on their parents’ plans for a period of time “adds cost, but it’s very much something we’re going to try and keep.” The president-elect said he plans to repeal the law, commonly known as Obamacare, and replace it with new law “simultaneously.”

Repealing the ACA would lead to millions of Americans losing insurance coverage, many of whom gained coverage for the first time pursuant to the ACA.

On Nov. 10, the Obama administration reported a jump in people selecting ACA plans on the federal health insurance exchange the day after Donald Trump, — who had pledged to repeal the law, — won the presidential election. The government indicated that about 100,000 people picked plans on the federal exchange on Nov. 9, marking the highest daily number since the open enrollment period began on Nov. 1.