Trump Willing to Keep Parts of Obamacare, Stays Mum on Clinton Prosecution
Trump gave his first post-election interview.
ByBY ALI ROGIN
November 11, 2016, 9:39 PM
• 2 min read
-- After a campaign full of bombastic rhetoric over things like repealing and replacing Obamacare and sending Hillary Clinton to jail, the realities of legislating appear to be catching up to President-elect Donald Trump.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump acknowledged there are aspects of President Obama’s signature health care plan that he wants to maintain, like protecting patients with pre-existing conditions and allowing parents to keep their children on their own plans until age 26.
“I like those very much,” he said, according to the newspaper.
Most congressional Republicans would agree that in order to craft a viable alternative to the president’s law, they need to include at least those two aspects, which appear to be very popular with participants in the Affordable Care Act.
Both of the items Trump mentioned are included in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s “Better Way” health care agenda, although he has not yet offered actionable legislation to achieve them.
Trump also appeared to back off his desire to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, which prompted chants of “Lock Her Up!” at his rallies.
“It’s not something I’ve given a lot of thought, because I want to solve health care, jobs, border control, tax reform,” he said.
The office of Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley, who has vowed to continue investigating Clinton, did not respond to a request for comment.