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Donald Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in replacing Obamacare

As part of his major campaign promises, Trump has stressed on the repeal of Obamacare, calling it a 'complete' and 'total disaster'.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 16, 2017 8:26 am
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US President-elect Donald Trump, in an interview with the Washington Post, has vowed ‘insurance for everybody’ as the US Congress prepares to replace President Barack Obama’s health reforms, popularly known as Obamacare.  “We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump 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.” Without delving into the details, Trump said the plan would include “lower numbers, much lower deductibles.”

The President-elect also said the plan is nearly finished and he is ready to unveil it alongside the leaders of the Republican-controlled Congress. “It’s very much formulated down to the final strokes. We haven’t put it in quite yet but we’re going to be doing it soon,” Trump told the Post, adding he was waiting for his nominee for health and human services secretary, Tom Price, to be confirmed. During his interview, Trump also mentioned that he would target pharmaceutical companies over drug pricing and insist they negotiate directly with the Medicare and Medicaid government health plans for the elderly and poor, reported Reuters.

Donald Trump had persistently, as part of his campaign, opposed his predecessor’s Affordable Care Act and had last week promised to repeal and replace the act simultaneously. “The ‘Unaffordable’ Care Act will soon be history!” Trump had tweeted.

During his campaign, Trump had consistently stressed on the repeal of Obamacare. At his first presser, Trump had said that they would soon file a plan on healthcare to repeal and replace Obamacare as soon as his health secretary is approved. He also promised that they would introduce a healthcare that is far better and less expensive. “We’re going to take it off the shelves. It would be easier to let Obamacare implode in 2017,” he had said.

On Saturday, the US  House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing a critical measure that marks the first major step toward repealing Obamacare. Hardly a week before Trump takes office, a sense of urgency has swept over Washington about what his party will put forward as a replacement for the law, with Democrats warning of disastrous consequences should Republicans act too hastily.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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  1. Abey Abraham
    Jan 16, 2017 at 5:29 am
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      Brahmangt;Muktgt;Bharat
      Jan 16, 2017 at 5:01 am
      This is similar to what modi did in India. Opposed earlier plans and then relaunched the same plans with a different name. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Trump doing same.
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      1. Todd Elliott Koger
        Jan 16, 2017 at 4:22 am
        The Untold Story: How Donald Trump Really Won?lt;br/gt;75 percent of America's high-poverty neighborhoods in 1970 still clified that way four decades later. Racial and cl inequality is very much alive, "progressive politics" apartheid. Blacks who have voted Democratic for almost 50 years are now being driven from their neighborhoods that have been their home for generations. We gave the Democratic Party our votes and they "took us for granted" leaving us living with social tension, unrest, and the worst GUN VIOLENCE AND VIOLENT CRIME . . . A diminished hope and no opportunities while the Democratic Party's upscale hipster real estate speculators prosper. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;President-Elect Donald Trump wants to enable states with dedicated grants and implementation standards related to diversity, inclusion, and targeted hiring the resources necessary to spur investment in underserved black neighborhoods. Stopping gun violence, revitalizing education, creating jobs, replacing substandard housing, and strengthening black families is a mandate we secured for him. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;That is, Mr. Trump owes his victory to "predominately black Democratic strongholds" who were convinced to give him more votes than the previous Republican candidates. African Americans convinced hundreds of thousands blacks to “boycott” the vote and/or voting "straight" Democrat. All across America the black vote "boycott" masterminded by Todd Elliott Koger effectuated an insurmountable obstruction for Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. There is correspondence to the Trump campaign that outlined "Koger's Plan." There was a "Thank You for the suggestion" reply. And, President-Elect Donald Trump's verbatim use of Mr. Koger's exact same words during "online videos" and speeches that followed in Michigan, Milwaukee (Wisconsin) and Pennsylvania.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Todd Elliott Koger's writings at one point specifically advised that the "Koger Plan" to target the black vote will changed the destructive conversation and slip in the polls that the "verbal fight" with Khizr Khan, a slain U.S. soldier's father had caused in late August 2016. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;When the Trump campaign started to collapse in October 2016, and everyone started to run away . . . Mr. Koger suggested the "need for a new writing" to change the conversation again. He suggested that the campaign needed to move away from the "hot mic incident." Todd Elliott Koger's correspondence suggested a "Treaty with Black America." There's another "thank you" from the campaign. And, Mr. Trump almost immediately announced a "Contract with the American Voter" and a "New Deal for Black America." lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Maybe this is just a remarkable concurrence of events. Maybe Mr. Koger's packaging of Mr. Trump's visual optics and his efforts to communicate implementation of the " Koger Plan" had no apparent connection. Maybe it was just "serendipity" in North and West Philadelphia (Eastern Pennsylvania) and Penn Hills, Allegheny County (Western Pennsylvania) where turnout fell 10 percent in the majority-black wards. Happenstance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (District 15), where turnout was down 19.5 percent. Apparent "fluke" in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, where 75,000 "Motown Voters" decided to stay home. One thing for sure, Todd Elliott Koger's correspondence kept reiterating that "Mr. Trump's only path to victory" was the "black vote." Cities like Boston, Machusetts' "predominately black" wards had their greatest decline in voter turnout this century. And, just 50,000 votes in three states, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin (the focus of "Koger's Plan") decided the election. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The "PLAN" was conceived: Convince hundreds of thousands blacks to "boycott" the vote and/or voting "straight" Democrat.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The "STRATEGY" was organized: Find every conceivable email address, mailing lists, newsgroup, on-line discussion, black organization, local activists, and the like, and send them an endless repeion of talking points.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Mr. Koger's "MESSAGE": 50 Years of failed Democratic inner cities.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There is available representative correspondence (sent to the Trump campaign and others) that demonstrates well how the "electoral college victory" was propelled. That is, Todd Elliott Koger's suggested "THEMES" (We Must Come Together) and persuasive point-helping support is now doented with dates to prove the actual source of things (something no other person has been able to articulate about the black vote in 2016).lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The National Diversity Coalition for Trump did finally send a "Thank You." But interestingly, Todd Elliott Koger and his wife don't even have tickets for the Trump inauguration, its events, nor any job offers . . . . lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;qpw
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          sdas
          Jan 16, 2017 at 1:05 pm
          Thank you so much for setting the record straight. Then to read about that moron called Lewis make those ludicrous statements makes us wonder why or how does CNN ( Clinton News Network ) and the NY Times are still " alive ".
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            sdas
            Jan 16, 2017 at 1:01 pm
            Very surprised to read an article in the Indian press that does not bash Donald Trump !
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