Posted: 1:05 pm Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Turning up his attacks on Obamacare with one week left until Election Day, Donald Trump used a campaign event in suburban Philadelphia to once more denounce premium increases for those buying insurance on government health exchanges, as the GOP nominee vowed to force Congress to repeal the signature achievement of President Barack Obama.
“I will ask Congress to convene a special session so we can repeal and replace,” Trump said.
Trump on Obamacare in PA: "I will ask Congress to convene a special session so we can repeal and replace"
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“Obamacare has to be replaced, and we will do it, and we will do it, very, very quickly,” Trump said, as he labeled the Obama health law a “catastrophe,” pointing out the increases in premiums for those in the exchanges.
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“It’s one of the single most important reasons why we must win on November 8,” Trump said to cheers, as he took aim at Hillary Clinton over Obamacare.
“She wants to put the government totally in charge of health care in America,” Trump added.
As for the exact details of how Trump would replace the current system, those are somewhat unclear, though his running mate said today that protections will be kept for those who have preexisting medical conditions.
Pence, opening up for Trump, says he and Trump will protect Americans with preexisting conditions.
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Here is what Trump and Pence laid out:
+ Maintain protections for preexisting medical conditions
+ Bolster program for Medical Savings Accounts
+ Allow health insurance to be sold nationally, across state lines
+ Give more flexibility to states to manage Medicaid money
“We will create quality reliable affordable health care in a free market where parents can make the health care decisions,” Trump said.
Not only was Gov. Mike Pence on hand for today’s health care event, but also a group of GOP lawmakers in Congress – several of them doctors – made the trek to join Trump, and amplify the call for health care change.
“We’re so excited by the enthusiasm and the message that Donald Trump and Mike Pence have brought to the stage on health care,” said Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), who has pushed his own plan to repeal and replace the Obama health law.
The event was also a reminder that Republicans have talked a lot about putting in a new system – but since the Obama health reforms were approved in 2010, the GOP has never brought a proposal up for a vote in either the House or Senate that would bring about a new system.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.