said in an interview he is open to leaving intact key parts of President
Barack Obama’s healthcare bill.
Mr Trump, who has pledged
repeatedly to repeal the 2010 law, signalled he was receptive to a
compromise after visiting the White House on Thursday.
He told the Wall Street Journal he favours keeping two main parts of the bill because “I like those very much”.
One is a ban on insurers denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.
The other provision that the president-elect told the newspaper he
favours allows children to be insured on their parents’ policies.
Trump told the Journal it was his hour-and-a-half meeting with Mr Obama
that had made him reconsider his calls for an all-out repeal of the
Affordable Care Act.
“I told him I will look at his suggestions, and out of respect, I will do that,” the president-elect said at Trump Tower.
“Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced.”
Trump’s about-face comes amid a surge in applications to join the plan
from Americans possibly fearful it is about to be overturned.
than 100,000 applicants snapped up Obamacare health insurance on the
day after Tuesday’s election, this year’s biggest sign-up, the Obama