Just because Donald Trump intends to keep facets, properties, of Obamacare, does not mean that he is not going to repeal it.
Why Am I Defending Trump?
I was not in favor of a Trump President as my long running Twitter account and online commentary will show, but I am as opposed to and increasingly charged to counter, mainstream media message streaming which usually takes the form of headlines that turn into solid narratives. Messaging like that is intended to anger people and one presumes to make sure that emotionalized people click or otherwise tune in. Many also presume that there is an underlying political motive to affect outcomes or drive agendas.
Is this headline fair to anyone, Trump supporter or not?
What's really true then?
When you read past the headline what Trump is really saying is that Obamacare currently factors out "pre-existing conditions" as a basis for denying coverage and allows people to stay on their parent's insurance until they are 26. As such, when he and the Republicans repeal it, they want to replace it with a machine with the same attributes.
See? All that is in contrast to the way the media presents it which sounds more like, by Trump's way, Obamacare as defined by those elements will stay, while some parts are changed.
That's clearly not what Trump is thinking. People can agree or disagree with the prospects of the overhaul as a whole, but making it sound like Trump is backing off one of his flagship commitments just pisses off a lot of conservatives and Trump supporters, and thus promotes the ongoing division that the MSM loves.
Republicans are still Obama's bitches on health care
That grist being gristend what Trump and the Republicans are doing is completely fine by my book. And better, it still lauds Obama as a great leader with respect to health care reform. Had Obama and the Democrats not invented Obamacare and managed to get it implemented, we'd not be having any discussion at all about pre-existing conditions. Had the Republicans been in charge when this all came to be they'd still be sitting on their status quo asses completely content with the unjust health system exactly as it was.
Some Trump supporters are open in a belief that Trump is less than ideal morally or perhaps even temperamentally for the usual presidential role, but that he is an effective cannonball against the establishment that was long needed. They believe (and correctly I suspect) that blowing things up politically and living in and rebuilding from the resulting debri field is somehow better than more of the entrenched Clinton/Bush World which had apparently come to stall prosperity to any wide basis at the individual worker level.
So it is with Obamacare. Obamacare may have (and I stipulate may have) been just as bad as everyone seems to be concluding it is as a whole. But Obama at least led to actionable change and settlement that now has Republicans, and whatever Trump supporters are, at work extending the reformation of health care - not still sitting around on their asses. It would be great to believe that Obama actually solved money-driven health policies completely, but if we have to reduce him to the same "cannonballer" that so many are happy to base the entire office of the presidency on with Trump, then, well, that works. Obama and the Democrats are to be heralded for a job well done.