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6. Trump Open To Preserving Most Popular Parts Of Health Law

Donald Trump says the ban on insurers denying coverage to people who are sick and the provision allowing young adults to stay on their parents coverage are "the strongest assets" of the Affordable Care Act.

The Wall Street Journal: Donald Trump, In Exclusive Interview, Tells WSJ He Is Willing To Keep Parts Of Obama Health Law
President-elect Donald Trump said he would consider leaving in place certain parts of the Affordable Care Act, an indication of possible compromise after a campaign in which he pledged repeatedly to repeal the 2010 health-care law. In his first interview since his election earlier this week, Mr. Trump said one priority was moving “quickly” on President Barack Obama’s signature health initiative, which Mr. Trump said has become so unworkable and expensive that “you can’t use it.” Yet, Mr. Trump also showed a willingness to preserve at least two provisions of the law after Mr. Obama asked him to reconsider repealing it during their meeting at the White House on Thursday. (Langley and Baker, 11/11)

The New York Times: Donald Trump Says He May Keep Parts Of Obama Health Care Act
Just days after a national campaign in which he vowed repeatedly to repeal President Obama’s signature health care law, Donald J. Trump is sending signals that his approach to health care is a work in progress. Mr. Trump even indicated that he would like to keep two of the most popular benefits of the Affordable Care Act, one that forces insurers to cover people with pre-existing health conditions and another that allows parents to cover children under their plan into their mid-20s. (Abelson, 11/11)

Bloomberg: Trump Now Wants To Keep Popular Obamacare Provisions, Scrap Rest 
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 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." (Tracer, 11/11)

Politico: Trump Could Preserve Parts Of Obamacare
The shift brings Trump in line with past Republican attempts at repealing and replacing the law, which focused on rolling back large elements like the individual mandate while holding onto several of its most popular provisions. However many policy experts have warned that requiring plans to cover sick people without a mandate or other way of bringing healthy people into the insurance pool will send premiums sky-high. (Cancryn, 11/11)

The Hill: Trump Open To Keeping 'Amended' Version Of ObamaCare 
Trump seemed more set on repealing and replacing the law in an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" set to air in full Sunday, and he said there wouldn't be a lull period between the two. "We're going to do it simultaneously. It'll be just fine. That's what I do. I do a good job. You know, I mean, I know how to do this stuff," he said. "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." (Ferris, 11/11)

The Associated Press: What Trump Might Really Do With Health Care
President-elect Donald Trump has said he may keep some parts of his predecessor's signature health care overhaul. No final decisions have been made. Based on interviews with congressional Republicans, here's a general idea of what goes, what may stay, and what's in doubt. (11/12)

The Fiscal Times: Amend Obamacare? How Will You Make That Work Donald Trump?
The fight over Obamacare became so inflammatory that not a single Republican in the House or Senate voted for it on final passage, fearing to invoke the wrath of the Tea Party. So it’s not surprising that in the wake of Republican billionaire Donald Trump’s  historic victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton for president last week, Trump and Republican leaders who have long called for the repeal and replacement of Obamacare are now struggling to concoct a workable alternative that won’t abruptly strip millions of low and middle-income people of their health care insurance and trigger a revolt. (Pianin, 11/12)

7. The GOP Infighting Begins As Dream Of 'Repeal And Replace' Comes Closer To Reality

Some Republicans want to dismantle the health law the minute Donald Trump is sworn into office, while others say it would be unwise to uproot the legislation that quickly.

Politico: GOP Feuds Over How To Kill Obamacare
For some Republicans, obliteration of Obamacare can’t come soon enough. Others want a gradual phaseout, fearing both the political and practical consequences of throwing 20 million Americans off their health plans virtually overnight. And President-elect Donald Trump, who vowed to repeal and replace “the disastrous” Obamacare, sent mixed signals Friday about how he will proceed. (Haberkorn, 11/11)

The Hill: Republicans Face Divisions Over ObamaCare Repeal
Congressional Republicans face internal divisions over how far to go in repealing and replacing ObamaCare, one of their top political priorities of the past six years, without disrupting the lives of millions of Americans. Conservatives like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and Utah Sen. Mike Lee (R) are pushing for the law to be ripped out “root and branch,” something Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has promised to do.  One Senate Republican aide said the far-reaching repeal measure passed by the Senate in 2015 should be the “baseline” for unwinding the law.  “I wouldn’t expect anything less than that, and of course people will be pushing for more,” the aide said. (Bolton, 11/13)

Reuters: Some Republicans See Attacking Obamacare Through Regulation
Congressional Republicans are looking for the quickest ways to tear down Obamacare following Donald Trump's election as U.S. president, including rapidly confirming a new health secretary who could recast regulations while waiting for lawmakers to pass sweeping repeal legislation. Trump's victory on Tuesday means Republicans will control the White House, Senate and House of Representatives. But congressional Democrats are expected to put up a huge fight against Republican efforts to repeal the 2010 law considered President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement. (Cornwell, 11/12)

Modern Healthcare: Repeal And Replace Obamacare? It's Not Gonna Be Easy 
President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republican leaders are promising to make repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act one of their highest priorities in the first 100 days after they take full control of the federal government in January.But both Republican and Democratic health policy experts say the road will be rocky and that it may take a lot longer and involve a lot more compromises than they think. They predict Republicans may seek Democratic support in crafting a replacement to avoid full responsibility for any problems that follow.Some predict bipartisan support is highly unlikely if Republicans pursue their goal of completely wiping out the ACA framework rather than making more modest fixes. (Meyer, 11/12)

Columbus Dispatch: GOP Faces Hurdles To Repeal, Replace Obamacare
John Davidson looked eagerly to January, when the health-insurance plan he bought on the federal marketplace would go into effect. The plan, made available through the 2010 health-care law known as Obamacare, cost less than the policy the Ohioan received through a small company where he is vice president of operations. The new plan included vision and dental coverage, something his family of six had gone without before. But with President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans vowing to repeal the 2010 law they love to hate, Davidson, 43, of Canton, said he's in limbo. (Holbrook, 11/14)

Detroit Free Press: Some Obamacare May Linger In A Trump World
The Affordable Care Act in its existing form has been a dead man walking since Donald Trump won the presidency last week, following months of campaigning to "repeal and replace" the insurance overhaul that always lacked Republican support. But health care experts say an immediate decapitation of the health care law, also known as Obamacare, is unlikely and impractical as tens of thousands of Michiganders (and many more nationwide) have already begun shopping on the marketplace for 2017 individual market coverage  that will kick in Jan. 1 — three weeks before the Trump inauguration. (Reindl, 11/12)

Kaiser Health News: Republicans Likely To ‘Give Themselves Time’ To Set Health Law Replacement
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