Predictably, Donald Trump is starting to say silly things about repealing Obamacare. (Okay, he didn't just start, but now we're paying closer attention.) As reported in the Wall Street Journal, he's willing to keep parts of the health care law. In particular, he likes the stuff about pre-existing conditions, as well as extra years of coverage for (adult) children on parents' insurance policies.
But you can't keep the carrots and throw away the sticks. "I've studied the 'Rob Peter To Pay Paul Act (While Keeping 10% For Ourselves)' and I must say I'm not crazy about robbing Peter, but I've talked to many Pauls and they seem to like the pay part, so we may keep that."
Trump says a big reason for his change of mind came from the White House meeting he just had with the President, who suggested some of the ACA be preserved. So Trump now says "Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced."
No, just repeal. I don't even like replace. Before anything else, get rid of the law. Bury it and salt the earth so it doesn't grow back. Only after it's completely gone should we discuss what to do next.
Yes, I know the press will attack you, and seek interviews from people allegedly harmed by this. But they'll attack no matter what. And I've seen the numerous editorials now popping up saying it won't be easy to get rid of Obamacare. Tell them "just watch." Rip it off like a bandage, and make it the first thing you do, because they want you to wait and "consider alternatives" and have the pressure grow against any real change.
I recognize that dealing with pre-existing conditions is maybe the trickiest thing about health care coverage, yet there are ways to address this--none of them are perfect, but it'll be a lot harder to get to them if Obamacare isn't dead and gone.
And by the way, Congress forced Obamacare on an unwilling public by doing an end-run around the filibuster, so Congress can repeal it in the same way if necessary.
PS At the very least make sure to kill the mandate and any subsidies. Then you'll make an unworkable law completely impossible. That still won't be dead enough because it'll remain on the books, but maybe it'll set up a situation where someone can actually get rid of Obamacare after we've impeached you.