Parts of Obamacare will stick around under President Trump — or so he says.
Donald Trump gave his first interview since becoming president-elect to “60 Minutes,” in which he said he’ll keep parts of Barack Obama’s marquee accomplishment, despite multiple claims to repeal it completely and replace it with a Republican-approved plan.
In the interview airing Sunday on CBS, Lesley Stahl asked Trump whether he plans to make sure people with pre-existing conditions would still be covered under his “repeal and replace” plan.
“Yes. Because it happens to be one of the strongest assets [of Obamacare],” Trump said. “Also, with the children living with their parents for an extended period, we’re going to … It adds cost, but it’s very much something we’re going to try and keep.”
Trump also said there will be no lag period between repealing Obamacare and replacing it, that he will seek to do it simultaneously.
“We’re going to do it simultaneously. It’ll be just fine,” he said. “That’s what I do. I do a good job. You know, I mean, I know how to do this stuff. We’re going to repeal it and replace it. And we’re not going to have, like, a two-day period and we’re not going to have a two-year period where there’s nothing. It will be repealed and replaced. I mean, you’ll know. And it’ll be great health care for much less money.”
OK, we get the message.
Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States, and has already met with President Obama as well as Republican leaders in Washington, to begin the transition of power process.
The “60 Minutes” interview airs Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. ET on CBS.