Trump says 'nobody knew health care could be so complicated'

President Donald Trump makes a toast during a dinner reception for the annual National Governors Association winter meeting Sunday Feb. 26 2017 at the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington

"We're going to come up with a solution that makes it more affordable for the states and has a bending the cost curve for the federal government but at the same time doesn't rip the heart out of the health care systems that have been built in the states", he said. "Will you commit today to replacement protections for those Arkansans like me who will die or lose their quality of life or otherwise be unable to be participating citizens trying to get their part of the American dream?"

"Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated", Trump insisted, demonstrating an ignorance of past struggles articulated by both his predecessor, Barack Obama, and his campaign rival, Hillary Clinton; not to mention almost every health care policy expert and politician on either side of the aisle.

"It becomes ours", said the president.

"I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject", Trump said in a meeting with the nation's governors. "It's a disaster, folks".

The healthcare law's approval has jumped sharply in recent weeks, with the Trump administration and Congress promising to repeal and replace it.

The survey showed the law with 54% approval, with just 43% of respondents disapproving. "Those are the families who know health care is complicated".

"Governor Baker has repeatedly conveyed to federal officials that any changes, including block grants, resulting in a reduction of federal support for MA are unacceptable", Lizzy Guyton, a spokeswoman for the governor, said in an e-mail on Monday.

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Kasich's pitch was significantly less drastic than plans being crafted by House Republican leadership, which would cut Medicaid spending.

According to the Wall Street Journal, more than a half-dozen states are already moving to overhaul their Medicaid programs in advance of any repeal and replace legislation, seeking federal permission to impose coverage restrictions on recipients.

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The federal government now pays for at least 90 percent of the costs for the Hoosiers newly eligible for Medicaid.

A study by Avalere Health said the GOP plan's tax credits based on age, which would replace the ACA's subsidies to consumers, would not be large enough for many to purchase insurance. Obamacare at least made insurance companies deliver quality plans at lower cost, literally helping tens of millions of people - among offering many, many other protections and benefits for consumers, not to mention the federal deficit. "Keep the law and work with Democrats on reasonable fixes", he added. He said, however, that the party needed to repeal the ACA in order to achieve "the fair thing for the people".

"We have a plan that I think is going to be fantastic".

The Republican proposal would reduce what the federal government pays the state to cover medical bills for the next three years and would make bigger changes in 2020, reducing what the state receives by about $2 billion per year, said Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas.

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