While it remains to be seen how many of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises will be kept after his inauguration, one group of medical professionals is urging him in a recent statement to stick by his pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons made its case against President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, noting primarily the costs and lack of options associated with it.
“President-elect Trump would not want anyone to be forced to stay in a particular hotel,” explained AAPS Executive Director Jane M. Orient, M.D., “and Trump rightly opposes forcing Americans to purchase health insurance.”
Compulsory enrollment and dwindling competition are combining to make the flawed coverage offered under Obamacare too costly for many Americans, the group noted.
“The fundamental laws of economics cannot be violated for long,” added AAPS President Michael J.A. Robb, M.D.
As part of his healthcare platform, the group in its statement urged Trump to “investigate and stop the anti-competitive conduct of insurance companies in order to ensure that their restraint of trade ceases.”
While Trump has discussed retaining certain aspects of the law, including a mandate that individuals may not be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition, the AAPS offered its alternative.
“As for the issue of pre-existing conditions,” the statement read, “it is best for young adults to buy a guaranteed-renewable policy that they will own, before developing a pre-existing condition, rather than prolonging their period of dependency on their parents.”