a mid-January interview with the Washington Post, then President-elect
Donald Trump affirmed that he wanted the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to be
replaced with a plan that includes “insurance for everybody.”
“There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay
for [health insurance], you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us,”
he added without going into specifics.
Since hearing those remarks, Republican leaders have
attempted to reframe the language used to describe President Trump’s plan for
replacing the ACA. Automatic coverage for everyone irrespective of their
ability to pay for health insurance is not a part of the other plans put forth
so far by the GOP. Senator John Thune (R-SD) stated “[W]e think everybody ought to have access to
affordable health care insurance. I assume that’s what [Trump] means by that
statement and that’s how we’re proceeding.”
emphasizing access instead of guaranteed coverage, have been echoed by Bill
Cassidy (R-LA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Susan Collins (R-ME) and other GOP senators
who are drafting ACA replacement plans.