Trump "very much" likes parts of Obamacare and plans to keep them intact


Donald Trump, who promised repeatedly during his campaign to repeal Obamacare, has some new thinking on the subject. He is now considering keeping parts of the law intact. Why? Because Obama asked him to.

Mr. Trump also showed a willingness to preserve at least two provisions of the health law after the president asked him to reconsider repealing it during their meeting at the White House on Thursday.

Mr. Trump said he favors keeping the prohibition against insurers denying coverage because of patients’ existing conditions, and a provision that allows parents to provide years of additional coverage for children on their insurance policies.

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“I like those very much,” Mr. Trump said in the interview.

The problem is, those two provisions are a major cause of the premium increases. Everyone knows that health insurance premiums have been increasing at an unsustainable rate. The reason for this is all the burdensome requirements Obama put on the insurance industry. Obama required insurers to load policies with so many goodies that insurance companies have to charge enormous premiums to cover the costs.

An excellent example of this is the pre-existing condition rule. Previously, insurers would not provide instant insurance to people who were already sick when they signed up. That was meant to ensure that people would not wait until they are sick before getting insurance. Insurance companies need people to pay insurance for years while they are healthy to cover the costs when they become sick.

But when insurance companies were forbidden to deny insurance to people with existing illnesses, their costs skyrocketed. People could now wait until they were sick with a catastrophic illness and sign up for insurance only after they got sick, avoiding paying insurers the buffer they needed during healthy times. That group of sick people who chose to get insurance after the fact put a great burden on insurance companies and required mucher higher premiums.

Similarly, the requirement that insurance policies cover 25 year old "children" also adds to the cost of premiums. People have to pay those higher premiums even if they have no children because under Obamacare one size fits all.

Trump's refusal to eliminate these onerous requirements means insurance premiums will still be high. His latest plan will prevent insurers from offering bare-bones catastrophic insurance plans that could come with more affordable premiums.

I find it troubling that Trump is taking advice from Obama, of all people. I hope this isn't a sign of other campaign promises that will be quickly overturned.



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