Wednesday in New York City at a press conference President-elect Donald Trump told reporters they will be “proud” of the forthcoming repeal and replace efforts underway regarding Obamacare.
Trump said, “You’ll be very, very proud as not only the media and reporters, you’ll be very proud of what we put forth having to do with health care. Obamacare is a complete and total disaster. They can say what they want. They can guide you any way they want to guide you, in some cases they guide you incorrectly. In most cases you realize what’s happened, it’s imploding as we sit. Some states have over 100% increase and 2017, and I said this two years ago, 2017 is going to be the bad year. It’s going to be catastrophic. Frankly, we could sit back — and it was the thought from a political standpoint — but it wouldn’t be fair to the people.”
“We could sit back and wait and watch and criticize, and we could be a Chuck Schumer and sit back and criticize it and people would come, they would come begging to us, please, we have to do something about Obamacare,” he continued. “We don’t want to own it. We don’t want to own it politically. They own it right now. So the easiest thing would be to let it implode in ’17 and believe me, we’d get pretty much whatever we wanted, but it would take a long time. We’re going to be submitting as soon as our secretary is approved almost simultaneously, shortly thereafter a plan. It will be repeal and replace. It will be essentially simultaneously. It will be various segments, You understand, but will most likely be on the same day or the same week, but probably the same day, could be the same hour, so we’re going to do repeal and replace. very complicated stuff, and we’re going to get a health bill passed.”
“We’re going to get health care taken care of in this country,” Trump added. “You have deductibles that are so high that, after people go broke paying their premiums, which are going through the roof, the health care can’t even be used by them because the deductibles are so high. Obamacare is the Democrats’ problem. We are going to take the problem off the shelves for them. We’re doing them a tremendous service by doing it. We could sit back and let them hang with it. We are doing the Democrats a great service. So as soon as our secretary is approved and gets into the office, we’ll be filing a plan and it was actually pretty accurately reported today, the “New York Times,” and the plan will be repeal and replace Obamacare. We’re going to have a health care that is far less expensive and far better.”
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