In an interview with the Washington Post’s Robert Costa, President-elect Donald Trump boasted that the healthcare plan he’s working on to replace the Affordable Care Act will have much “lower numbers, much lower deductibles” while eventually providing “insurance for everybody.”
With both chambers of Congress having started the ball rolling on repealing Obamacare, Trump and Republican leadership have promised that there will be a plan ready that will immediately replace it. However, despite promises, there has been nothing formally proposed. Now, the incoming POTUS, while not willing to give many details to Costa, explained that he is just about ready to reveal it.
When asked if it will pass with Democratic votes in the Senate, where the plan would need 60 votes to avoid a filibuster, Trump said he’d get it done (but wouldn’t explain how).
“I think we will get approval. I won’t tell you how, but we will get approval. You see what’s happened in the House in recent weeks,” Trump said, referencing his tweet during a House Republican move to gut their independent ethics office, which along with widespread constituent outrage was cited by some members as a reason the gambit failed.
Trump further promised that the plan will provide insurance to everyone and that it will be “much less expensive and much better” than Obamacare. ‘They’ll be beautifully covered,” he added.
Another promise made was that he won’t make any cuts to Medicare benefits and that he’ll lower drug prices by utilizing his Twitter account to create public pressure, highlighting his previous tweets about Lockheed Martin’s fighter jet.
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