In the days leading up to Clinton’s election victory, the public health community began to prepare for the day when the former secretary of state would take the reins of the nation’s health care system.
As Clinton was taking the reins, her own doctors and medical advisers, many of whom had worked on the Obama administration’s health overhaul, were busy working to prepare the public for a change in leadership.
Clinton’s new health team, according to the New York Times, was tasked with making sure that the American public knew exactly what the administration was doing.
This included ensuring that the public would know that the plan Clinton was proposing would be implemented.
“She has a team that is going to be absolutely ready to roll out the Trumpcare,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, a physician and former chief medical officer for the Obama White House.
“We’re in a position to get her to do that.”
As Clinton prepared to take the oath of office on January 20, the White House issued a press release, saying that the new health care plan was not a “repeal and replace” of the Affordable Care Act.
Rather, it was a continuation of a plan Clinton had put forward in her 2016 campaign for president.
The announcement followed months of anticipation that Clinton would take over the reins.
In January, the Clinton Health Access Initiative released its first comprehensive guide for health care providers to implement a new plan.
A group of more than 20 health professionals were invited to the White Senate Office Building in Washington to hear from Clinton about the plan.
The Clinton health team had worked to make sure that, by January, a lot of the public knew what Clinton was doing to replace Obamacare, according a former Clinton aide.
The media was very much in the dark, according the former aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
The White House press release said that the media would have a chance to discuss the plans with the new administration, which is expected to take office in January.
While there was speculation that the Trump administration would repeal Obamacare, Clinton’s team was still working to make it a reality.
At the time, there were concerns that the White National Party, which has been one of the most outspoken critics of the new Trump administration, would take a hard line against the Clinton health plan.
“As we continue to prepare to bring down the costs of health care across the country, we’re also working to find the best ways to reduce costs, to improve access and to improve quality and efficiency,” the press release read.
“The Clinton health plans will have to be evaluated and evaluated in a way that we can be comfortable with them being passed on to the next administration.”
As of early January, however, there was still much uncertainty about what Trump would do.
Clinton was still in the final stages of negotiations with the White Health Alliance, a coalition of private insurers, and the president-elect had not yet been formally confirmed.
The New York Post reported on January 12 that the Clinton campaign was still actively working to broker a deal between the Trump transition team and the Trump Health Alliance.
The Trump transition and the Clinton transition team had been discussing the health care proposals, according The New Yorker.
At a January 26 press conference, the former president of the alliance, Dr. Harold Geisel, said that Trump’s team had indicated they were prepared to sign on to “any and all of our plans.”
At the press conference in which Geisel was speaking, he also noted that the alliance’s “top priority is to make health care affordable and accessible to all Americans, and to keep costs down so that we don’t need a third-party administration to take care of our healthcare.”
“We want to be the best possible team that can work together to achieve that,” Geisel added.
The alliance has also worked to promote the Clinton plans as being better than the Obamacare plans, as the Clinton team has worked to ensure that they were not “reinventing the wheel,” according to Dr. Frank Nijenhuis, a clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
According to Nijehus, the alliance is still working with the Trump team to ensure it does not become a “full-blown replacement,” and to make changes to the health system.
“It’s really the Trump’s agenda, the Trump health agenda, that they’re going to focus on, and that’s what we’re doing,” Nijenhus said.
“If we were to be in a place where we were going to make major changes to a health system, the only people who would be able to make those changes would be the Trump supporters.”
Nijhues comments echoed those of many health professionals who said they were nervous about what might happen if the Trump plan was implemented.
But, in fact, there has been a lot more debate over what the Clinton administration might do than