Trump: 'Nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated'

President Donald Trump met with state governors Monday to discuss efforts to repeal and replace the ACA, as well as other items on his political agenda, The New York Times reports.

Here are five things to know about the meeting.

1. President Trump acknowledged creating healthcare policy is an intricate and involved task, according to the report. "I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated," he told governors, according to the report.

2. Governors on Monday reiterated their desire for people currently covered under the ACA to not lose coverage if the law is replaced, according to the report. "Governors are all in agreement," said Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the National Governors Association, reports The New York Times. "We do not want one single one of our citizens to lose access to quality healthcare. We are all unified on that. Actually, we want to expand, so everybody has access to quality healthcare."

3. However, the report notes governors are not on the same page with every proposal. For instance, Republican Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said in the report: "We [Utah] did not expand Medicaid. Many states are divided on what the right approach is to take under the Affordable Care Act." The report specifically notes not all governors support a Republican proposal to transform Medicaid into a block grant program.

4. Next week lawmakers in the House may try to act on legislation to repeal the ACA and instate some elements of a replacement, according to the report.

5. In the meantime, President Trump suggested other items on his political agenda, such as overhauling the tax code, may have to wait amid the complex ACA replacement efforts, The New York Times reports.

For more on this story, read the full report in The New York Times.

 

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