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11th Nov 2016

Donald Trump looks to have changed his mind on one of his biggest election promises

Following his meeting with Obama.

Following his meeting with Obama.

Donald Trump had consistently claimed throughout his campaign that he would abolish Obamacare if he won the election.

During a speech in the Philadelphia suburbs dedicated to blasting the Affordable Care Act, Trump vowed, “When we win on November 8 and elect a Republican Congress, we will be able to immediately repeal and replace Obamacare.”

But now it seems that he has cooled off on the idea of abandoning the Affordable Care Act completely, but rather, after conferring with President Barack Obama, leaving some parts of the Act in place as a compromise.

Speaking with The Wall Street Journal at his Trump Tower Office, President-elect Trump said that he would consider keeping some aspects of Obamacare in place rather than abolishing it completely.

“I told [President Obama] I will look at his suggestions, and out of respect, I will do that,” Mr. Trump said.

“Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced.”.

Following their meeting yesterday, Trump said that he and Obama had spoken about the difficulties the country had faced but also about “some of the really great things that have been achieved”. Some commentators have taken that remark as a suggestion that Trump has been convinced into keeping one of Obama’s main policies in place.

While this is not a confirmation or commitment one way or another, it’s certainly a diversion away from his campaign promise to “end Obamacare and replace it with something terrific, for far less money for the country and for the people.”