Trump: ObamaCare Replacement Is Ready to Go

'Much less expensive and much better'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2017 4:58 AM CST
Updated Jan 16, 2017 6:23 AM CST
Trump: There Will Be 'Insurance for Everybody'
Demonstrators holds banners and signs during an anti-Trump march in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Donald Trump says he's got a plan to replace ObamaCare ready to go—and there will be "insurance for everybody." In an interview with the Washington Post, the president-elect doesn't say much about the specifics of TrumpCare, though he does say there will be "lower numbers, much lower deductibles." He says the plan is "very much formulated down to the final strokes" and he will unveil it alongside House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at some point after Rep. Tom Price, his choice for health secretary, is confirmed. He says there will be no cuts to Medicare under his plan, which he says will leave people currently covered by the Affordable Care Act "beautifully covered."

"We're going to have insurance for everybody," Trump tells the Post. "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." Under his law, he says, people "can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better." Trump, who claims his plan will get plenty of support from Democrats, says he plans to use public pressure to force drug companies to negotiate with Medicare and Medicaid, and he is not troubled by suggestions that the move could cause stocks to drop. Medicare drug negotiations were banned by a 2003 law, and Politico notes that Democrats tend to be more in favor of them than Republicans. (Congress has already taken a big step toward dismantling ObamaCare.)

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