Trump To Meet With Chief Architect Of Obamacare

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel Wednesday, according to the Trump transition team.

Jason Miller, a Trump transition spokesman, told reporters the president-elect will meet with Emanuel at Trump Tower to discuss the future of Obamacare.

Ezekiel, brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm and Hollywood talent agent Ari Emanuel, is currently a senior fellow at the Center for America Progress, a progressive think-tank in Washington, D.C. Before joining the think-tank, Emanuel served as a health care adviser to President Barack Obama during the construction and initial implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (RELATED: Obama, Chief Health Official Already Floating Public Option To Replace Failing Obamacare)

Trump repeatedly promised during his presidential campaign to “repeal and replace” Obamacare in his first term. Since the election, Trump has hinted he may keep certain aspects of the health care law intact, like the pre-existing conditions clause and allowing those under 26 to remain on parental insurance. (RELATED: Repealing Itself? Only Four of 24 Obamacare Co-Ops Remain Open)

“He’s going to meet with all sorts of people that he agrees and disagrees with, but if they have ideas that can make the country better, and in this case our healthcare system better in terms of affordability and accessibility, he’s going to want to hear their ideas,” Sean Spencer, spokesperson for the Trump transition team, told reporters.

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