When Donald Trump was running for president, one of his most prominent campaign promises declared that he would “repeal and replace Obamacare.”
That may not be happening now. In fact, it seems very likely that while there may be some modifications to the Affordable Care Act, the law itself will remain intact.
Trump has actually been saying for some time now that he has every intention of hanging on to two of Obamacare’s most notable provisions – the ability of adult children to remain on their parents’ plans, and the mandate that insurance companies must make coverage available to those with pre-existing conditions. Still, the impression he had been giving all along the campaign trail was that while those components would be a part of his replacement for Obamacare, the current law would, in fact, go the way of the wind.
The problem may be, however, that it is not really possible to keep these provisions without having “Obamacare”; you may no longer call it Obamacare, but, ultimately, you will be left with a health care structure that is, for all practical purposes, the same thing.
For his part, former Sen. Tom Coburn went on the record Monday with CNBC to say that it would be possible to make the necessary fixes to Obamacare by allowing for the exertion of “market forces and transparency” within the health insurance industry.
Appearing as a guest on Squawk Box, Coburn, also a medical doctor, said, on the matter of pre-existing conditions, that if people were required to stick to a strict opt-in period each year, one that prevented them from enrolling for insurance coverage only when they learned they were sick, it would be possible to make the coverage of pre-existing conditions manageable.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large