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)