Donald Trump Might Keep Aspects of the Affordable Care Act
With president-elect Donald Trump busy putting together his cabinet and getting ready to take office in January, it’s only natural that people are asking questions about how his presidency will affect the various issues facing the country. One of the biggest points during the campaign was whether or not to keep the Affordable Care Act, put into place by Barack Obama.
Those who are currently studying for their health care law degree at Hofstra Law are taking particular notice of where president-elect Trump stands. Will he keep some aspects of it or will it be scrapped completely? And if it is scrapped, what will take its place instead?
Donald Trump Has No Firm Position As Of Yet
During his campaign, Trump was quite adamant in his feelings about Obamacare and his goal to get rid of it completely. His promise was to scrap it and replace it with something more affordable for those using it. It seems as though the tides are changing a bit though, as there are some rather confusing messages being put out by Trump.
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal he stated that he is now “reconsidering” his position on the Affordable Health Care Act. While he still wants to get rid of it, he is now considering keeping some aspects of it, in particular the provision that forbids discrimination based on a pre-existing condition. As well, he is also thinking about keeping the provision that allows young people to stay on their parent’s healthcare plan.
The problem is that everything is just speculation at this point. Trump hasn’t been clear, so the public is left wondering what he will choose to do. Whether he chooses to scrap the entire plan, or just portions of it, it will most definitely requiring plenty of work and re-writing. It’s an area that those studying for their masters in health law are watching intently.
Still Plenty to Overhaul
Even if Donald Trump does decide to keep the two provisions he has hinted at, it still leaves a whole lot to repeal. No matter how you look at it, changes will be coming, and some pretty big ones at that.
Trump insists that his goal remains the same as it was during his campaign, that he wants a healthcare plan that takes care of everyone. He doesn’t stop there; he wants a plan that takes care of everyone, yet better than they are being cared for now. For the people affected by the changes their main argument is the cost of the plan itself. They have complained it costs them far too much to pay into the plan, and that’s where Trump plans to focus his work.
Change is Inevitable
While it still remains to be seen just how and what, one thing is for sure with the ACA: change is coming; it’s just a matter of when and what.