Trump admits killing ObamaCare is harder than he thought

President Donald Trump makes a toast during a dinner reception for the annual National Governors Association winter meeting Sunday Feb. 26 2017 at the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington

The Republicans have long pledged to repeal Obamacare, which they say is too costly and complicated. "I think you're going to like what you hear", he said.

Trump told the insurers that his changes would include expanded healthcare savings accounts, which are tax-free savings accounts typically used with high-deductible insurance plans, and the sale of health plans across state lines.

53% of the public say it's likely the Trump campaign discussed policy with Russian officials before the January 20 Inauguration, and most say those discussions were inappropriate. "But we have to do what's right because Obamacare is a failed disaster".

Despite having the advantage of controlling almost every branch of government, the task of repealing Obamacare is proving itself increasingly hard, as Republicans are finding little to no consensus on the best way to go about a repeal effort.

Trump theorized that ObamaCare was increasing in popularity not because people liked it, but instead because its end was near. "It's a disaster, folks".

Trump's assertion came before a meeting with health insurance executives and after a weekend of lobbying by Republican governors, some pushing to maintain provisions of the ACA.

Avalere Health consultants were commissioned by the National Governors Association to analyze how state budgets and residents in expansion and non-expansion states would be affected by congressional Republicans' proposals to change Medicaid into a per capita program or one that distributes block grants. Republicans in Congress and governors alike are attempting to advance the illusion that drastic spending cuts can be tempered by allowing states more "flexibility" in imposing them.

The plan would provide subsidies based on age to people buying insurance on the individual market, rather than adjusting them to income as the law does now.

President Donald Trump sought on Monday to bring the nation's largest insurance companies on board with his plans to overhaul Obamacare, saying their help was needed to deliver a smooth transition to the Republicans' new plan.

The president told the executives that the best thing politically for Republicans would be to let the 2010 law collapse so Democrats would "come begging" for the GOP to work out a new system.

President Trump suggested Monday that the reason his administration has been so slow to scrap Obamacare - a key campaign promise of his - was that healthcare was such an "unbelievably complex subject".

At the White House, Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, provided a very different appraisal of the start of Trump's presidency, arguing it has been a productive stretch. On Tuesday night, he gives his first speech to a joint session of Congress.

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