In his first major post-election interview since winning the election Tuesday, Donald Trump sat down with CBS News’ Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes” and discussed a wide-range of issues, from the fate of Obamacare to the president-elect’s conversations with the Clintons.
The full interview will air Sunday at 7 p.m. EST, but some portions released by CBS already have some people concerned about whether or not Trump will keep his promise to dump President Obama’s signature healthcare law.
Of the law’s requirement to insure people with pre-existing conditions, Trump said, “It happens to be one of the strongest assets. It adds cost, but it’s very much something we’re gonna try and keep.”
At least one other aspect of the law that the president-elect would like to keep is a provision that allows parents to maintain coverage for their children on their family insurance policies until they are 26.
Trump doesn’t want to dump the law and leave things in limbo, telling Stahl that there wouldn’t be “a two day period” or “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 It will be repealed and replaced.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.”
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published Friday, Trump said, “Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced.”
When Mr. Trump met with President Obama Thursday, the Journal reports that the president suggested several areas of Obamacare Trump might consider leaving intact. “I told him I will look at his suggestions, and out of respect, I will do that,” Trump said.
It’s not such a far reach. CBS reports that the measures Trump is considering keeping are “popular even among the most partisan Republican legislators who have called for a full repeal of the law, and they have been included in proposals that would replace the ACA with a GOP-backed alternative. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s “Better Way” healthcare plan, for example, would also prevent insurance companies from denying coverage to those with existing conditions and would keep the parental provision.”
The president-elect and Stahl also discussed the calls he received from the Clintons after the election. Of his call from Mrs. Clinton, Trump said, “So, Hillary called and it was a lovely call and it was a tough call for her. I can imagine. Tougher for her than it would have been for me. I mean, for me, it would have been very, very difficult. She couldn’t have been nicer. She just said, ‘Congratulations, Donald, well done’ and I said I want to thank you very much you were a great competitor. She’s very strong, and very smart.”
Trump also said the former president called Thursday. “He couldn’t have been more gracious. He said it was an amazing run. One of the most amazing he’s ever seen.”
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