In an interview with George Stephanopoulos, outgoing President Obama laments the possibility of his policy reversals, but said he would be fine with changing the name of Obamacare to Trumpcare, as long as he doesn’t change it too much.
FOX News reported:
President Obama said Sunday that he’s OK with Republicans making changes to his Affordable Care Act and even changing its name from “ObamaCare” to “TrumpCare.”
“I’m fine with that,” the president told ABC’s “This Week.”
Obama suggested that ObamaCare will survive Republicans’ efforts to repeal and replace his signature health care law. And he said that he would be the “first one” to laud Republicans if they can “come up with a system that insures more people cheaper, better.”
The president, who turns over the White House in 12 days to President-elect Donald Trump, also suggested that he has wanted to make the kind of changes to ObamaCare that Trump and fellow Republicans in control of Congress are seeking.
“But they wouldn’t cooperate because they didn’t want to make the system work,” Obama said.
In this interview, it is apparent Obama doesn’t want his signature policy to be undone.
OBAMA: It is true, theoretically, that all that progress can be undone, and suddenly 20 million people or more don’t have healthcare, but as I think Republicans now are recognizing, that may not be what the American people, including Trump voters are looking for. Don’t undo things just because I did them. I don’t have private authorship. …
STEPHANOPOULOS: So, is Obamacare going to survive?
OBAMA: I think it will or it may be called something else. And as I said, I don’t mind. If in fact, Republicans make some modifications, some of which I have been seeking previously, but they wouldn’t cooperate because they didn’t want to make the system work, and relabel it Trumpcare, I’m fine with that.
Sure he is.