The White House has long insisted that the president’s signature health care law is working and is a success.
But the president has not yet laid out how he plans to replace it with a new plan, which could be difficult to implement if Republicans control the Senate.
White House officials told reporters on Tuesday that the first female first lady has a new policy in mind for the law.
“We want to get a better plan done,” said Stephanie Cutter, a White House spokeswoman.
“This is something we’ll look at and figure out what we do with it.”
The first lady, a former investment banker, has already signaled that she wants to overhaul the law and make changes that are more effective and less expensive.
She is pushing to eliminate the federal requirement that employers provide health insurance, expand access to Medicaid and provide free or reduced-cost birth control to women.
She has also proposed an overhaul of the federal Medicaid program, calling for a “bipartisan” approach to health care reform that includes eliminating the tax penalty on low-income Americans.
And she is urging Congress to take action to stabilize the health care system, including repealing and replacing the individual mandate, a requirement that most people obtain health insurance.
President Donald Trump, flanked by wife Melania Trump, speaks at the annual meeting of the Society of Black Engineers in Philadelphia, April 12, 2021.
The first lady’s plan would likely be different than the president, who has repeatedly pledged to overhaul health care in the wake of his election victory in November.
Trump has made his promise to replace the Affordable Care Act more concrete in his first 100 days in office, pledging to make the law “work better.”
He has also pledged to cut taxes for corporations and individuals.
He has vowed to cut the deficit by $5 trillion and to make college more affordable.
It’s unclear how Trump would implement his plans to overhaul and replace the law, but a former White House official told The Associated Press that the administration is open to working with Republicans to improve the law to create a more affordable health care plan.
“If we can get a lot of these things done that have been promised, we will probably have a very good health care bill,” said the former official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal White House deliberations.
Democrats, however, have pushed for a more comprehensive overhaul, which they say would leave more people uninsured and raise costs.
In her first major policy speech since winning the White Senate seat, Ivanka Trump urged Democrats to work together to achieve “common goals.”
The former fashion designer and first lady said that she hopes Democrats will work with Republicans in an effort to make sure that the Affordable Health Care Act is fully implemented.
“I think it is important to remember that the ACA is not a one-way street, and that all of us have to work for it,” Ivanka Trump said.
Ivanka Trump will appear alongside her husband, Jared Kushner, on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to discuss health care.
The first family has not previously spoken publicly about health care issues, but the White Court has been closely watching the rollout of the law since the Republican-led House passed the health bill last month.
Trump has not made a final decision on his health care plans, but he has previously said he would not support a single-payer system.
A senior administration official told AP that the White Houses office of health care would be responsible for drafting the first daughter’s policy on health care and will continue to coordinate with HHS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies.
But, the official said, the administration would not endorse a single payer plan.
While the first family is not planning a major policy announcement, Ivanka has been pushing to create more options for low- and middle-income people who don’t have employer-sponsored insurance, including a new “Affordable Care Act” option, which would provide subsidies to people making less than $50,000 a year and people who make less than that.
“We’re not going to do one-size-fits-all,” the official told the AP.
For the past few months, Ivanka and Jared have traveled to the White Palace, where they have held numerous meetings to discuss ways to help more Americans access affordable health insurance coverage, such as by introducing a new option for people who have no insurance at all.