Trump vague on plan to re­place Oba­macare, but there are clues

The Buffalo News - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­got Sanger-Katz NEW YORK TIMES

We don’t know what will emerge as Pres­i­dent Trump’s plan to re­place Oba­macare, which he has promised to un­veil im­me­di­ately af­ter the 2020 elec­tions. But he has re­cently en­dorsed sev­eral pro­pos­als, and they could pro­vide clues.

Over the last two weeks, he has sought to re-em­pha­size health care as an is­sue, af­ter a set of bruis­ing leg­isla­tive de­feats in 2017. He di­rected the Jus­tice De­part­ment not to de­fend the Af­ford­able Care Act against a le­gal chal­lenge. And he is­sued state­ments and tweets call­ing for Repub­li­cans to become “the party of health care,” at a mo­ment when many of his party’s lead­ers had hoped to fo­cus on dif­fer­ent is­sues.

He also be­gan repris­ing var­i­ous prom­ises about what a fu­ture plan to re­peal and re­place parts of the Af­ford­able Care Act might achieve. The plan, short on specifics, will come with “far lower pre­mi­ums (costs) & de­ductibles,” he said this week in a series of

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