Obama told Trump: Take credit for Obamacare and ‘just change the name’
‘I would be like, you go!’ the former president joked
Barack Obama says he told Donald Trump there was a simple way he could take credit for the former president’s landmark health care legislation upon entering the White House: stamp his own name on it.
Mr Obama revealed details about his conversations with Mr Trump during a question and answer session with Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez at a fundraising event in Los Angeles on Thursday night. “I said to the incoming president, ‘Just change the name and claim that you made these wonderful changes’,” he said.
The former president joked about how he would have congratulated Mr Trump on renaming the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, and claiming it as his own gift to the American public. “I would be like, you go!” he said, laughing.
Along the 2016 campaign trail, Mr Trump railed against the Affordable Care Act, which expanded health care to millions and closed loopholes allowing insurance companies to reject patients with pre-existing conditions.
But Mr Obama said his decision to fight for better health care in his first term was not about ego or having his name attached to major legislation.