President Donald Trump has repeatedly praised the Affordable Care Act and promised to “build a great wall” to keep out immigrants.
On Tuesday, he also promised to repeal the Affordable Act’s individual mandate, which required Americans to have health insurance or face a penalty.
Trump also praised the wall, tweeting, “A wall has been built.
It’s going to be big.
I want to make sure that’s done.”
But the president also hinted at a possible repeal of the individual mandate as well as other popular provisions, including the Medicaid expansion, which expanded coverage for the poor.
“Obamacare is broken.
It is failing and people are dying.
You don’t have to go to a doctor.
I am not going to take that risk,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday.”
We will be working on a plan that will be very, very good,” he added.”
If you look at the data, the data says that you’re going to have a big effect on health care costs and on health outcomes.
And that is the way it should be.”
Trump has previously promised to eliminate the federal mandate that requires people to purchase health insurance, a popular entitlement program for Americans in their 40s and 50s.
Trump said the mandate “was a huge mistake” and would “destroy the economy.”
“The mandate has been a huge part of the problem that we’re in.
I’m not going anywhere.
I will not take that chance,” Trump said.
The president has not provided specifics on how he would repeal the mandate, although he said he will do away with “the worst part” of the law.
But he has repeatedly promised to dismantle the Affordable Court of Appeals ruling that allowed states to deny coverage to the millions of people who were denied coverage under the law’s employer mandate.
The court ruled that states are allowed to deny insurance to people with pre-existing conditions.
The White House has said that Trump would eliminate the court’s ruling.
“The Supreme Court ruled that if you do not have a preexisting condition, you can’t be denied health care,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller said.
“We will end the outrageous, unnecessary mandate.”
A spokesperson for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) told The Hill that Trump has not released a replacement plan.
But OMB’s Director of Policy Planning, Stephen Whelan, told reporters in a press briefing on Tuesday that the Trump administration is working to address a number of issues related to the court ruling.
Trump is not the only one trying to change the law and repeal it.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has proposed a repeal-only bill that would allow states to opt out of the mandate and instead allow insurers to charge higher premiums to low-income people.
“It’s a big step,” Collins said of the plan, which would likely face a tough path to passage in the Senate.
“It’s going on for months, but it’s going there.”
Trump, who campaigned on repealing the AffordableCare Act, has also promised not to let Obamacare “implode” and not let the GOP-controlled House pass any replacement legislation.
“I will do everything in my power to repeal Obamacare, including putting in place a replacement,” Trump tweeted Tuesday.
“That is my number one priority.
The American people are going to see that.”