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Trump talks Obamacare, Clinton concession call in first on-air interview since election

Donald Trump says Obamacare “will be repealed and replaced. It’ll be great healthcare for much less money.” | AP Photo

President-elect Donald Trump reaffirmed his commitment to keeping portions of the Affordable Care Act under his administration in his first on-air interview since being elected to the presidency.

In a preview clip of the CBS’s “60 Minutes” interview to air Sunday, Trump tells Lesley Stahl that he intends to include ACA provisions that cover those with pre-existing conditions and adult children who stay on their parents’ plans until age 26 in his administration’s healthcare plan.

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“It happens to be one of the strongest assets,” Trump said. “Also with the children living with their parents for an extended period, we’re going to very much try to keep that in. [It] adds cost, but it’s very much something we’re going to try and keep.”

Trump maintained that he would keep his campaign-trail promises to “repeal and replace Obamacare,” despite his apparent willingness to incorporate it into his own plan, saying that the two-step process would be seamless.

“We’re going to do it simultaneously. It’ll be just fine. That’s what I do. I do a good job,” he said. “We’re not going to have like a two-day period and we’re not going to have a two-year period where there’s nothing. It will be repealed and replaced. It’ll be great healthcare for much less money.”

Pedro Rojas holds a sign directing people to an insurance company where they can sign up for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. | Getty

The policy shift shows Trump doubling-down on statements he made about compromising on aspects of the ACA during an interview with the Wall Street Journal Friday.

Trump also expressed to the Journal a willingness to hear President Barack Obama out on his advice about altering the healthcare law.

“I told him I will look at his suggestions, and out of respect, I will do that,” he said.

During the preview Trump also discusses the concession call he received from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton upon being declared the winner of the 2016 presidential race.

“Hillary called and it was a lovely call. It was a tough call for her,” he said. “Tougher for her than it would’ve been for me and for me it was very difficult.”

Trump also expressed a willingness to reach out to Bill Clinton for advice, despite having spent months on the campaign trail reviving the former president’s sex scandals.

Source: POLITICO – TOP Stories

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