President Barack Obama said he would support Donald Trump amending the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, if it meant more Americans would be insured and better overall healthcare.
"He says that he can improve on that system," Obama told German television station ARD on Thursday. "My view is if in fact he can provide the same amount of people with health care in a better way than I could, then I would support such efforts."
The comments from Obama came in the midst of his final presidential trip to Germany and other European counties, where members of the media asked him about the possibility of the president elect-undoing many of his signature achievements, Reuters reported Thursday. Congressional Republicans had tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act throughout his presidency.
Trump said the Affordable Care Act was a “disaster” and called for it to be repealed and replaced during a presidential campaign rally speech in Macon, Georgia Dec. 1, 2015.
One of his first agendas as president would be to move “quickly” on Obama’s sweeping healthcare law. It has become so expensive that the United States “can’t use it,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal in an interview last week.
However, Trump said he would retain parts of Obamacare, specifically those in which parents are able to keep children on their health insurance plans until they are 26.
“I like those very much,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal.
More than 100,000 people enrolled in Obamacare across the country since Trump’s presidential election victory, Politico reported.
More than 11.3 million people have signed up for Obama's signature health coverage in all 50 states and Washington D.C., the Washington Post reported.
Critics of the healthcare law pointed to the statistic from the Health and Human Services Department that Obamacare premiums were going to rise by more than 20 percent on average in 2017. Premium rates had consistently risen since the law's implementation in 2010, NBC News reported.
The share of uninsured Americans dropped earlier this year to a historic low of 8.6 percent, which was 1.3 million fewer persons than in 2015 and 21.3 million fewer persons than in 2010, according to the 2016 National Health Interview Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.