President-elect Donald Trump has revealed the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare will provide ‘insurance for everybody.’
Trump said the nearly-finished bill would include ‘lower numbers’ and ‘much lower deductibles’ but declined to reveal any specific details on Sunday, the Washington Post reports.
From Daily Mail
His comments come just days Republicans announced that they had taken the first steps in repealing the Affordable Care Act, which caused contention and concerns on whether repealing it would leave more than 11 million Americans uninsured.
Trump did not give specific details about the new bill, but said he plans to go after pharmaceutical companies and insist they negotiate directly with the government on Medicare and Medicaid health plans on lower costs.
‘We’re going to have insurance for everybody,’ he said.
‘There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it.
‘That’s not going to happen with us.’
Trump added that the bill is ‘down to its final strokes’ and he is waiting for his nominee for secretary of health and human services, Republican Tom Price, to be confirmed.
Congress is expected to address the issue in the upcoming weeks.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 15, 2017
Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul also spoke out on the new bill on Fox News and said he did not want to ‘delay the repeal’ and wants congress to vote on replacement the same day.
He said on Sunday that the Obamacare replacement bill he plans to unveil would get rid of some of the mandates for health insurance coverage with the aim of bringing down the cost of insurance.
Paul said the plan includes parts of previous GOP ‘replacement bills’ and will ‘insure the most amount of people, give access to the most amount of people, at the least amount of costs.’
Paul said it will ‘legalize the ability to buy inexpensive insurance’.
Americans will also receive tax credits for health savings accounts so that they can buy healthcare, according to Paul.
‘[The new bill will] let individuals come together as part of groups or associations so they can buy their insurance as part of a big pool, to have leverage to get lower prices, and also so they don’t get affected by adverse things such as pre-existing conditions,’ he said.
On January 6th, Senator Paul tweeted: ‘I just spoke to @realDonaldTrump and he fully supports my plan to replace Obamacare the same day we repeal it. The time to act is now.’
US House Republicans won passage on Friday of a measure starting the process of dismantling the Affordable Care Act.
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