GOP frontrunner Donald Trump discussed repealing and replacing Obamacare during CNN’s GOP Town Hall on Thursday night in Columbia, South Carolina.
Trump criticized people who think “Republicans hate the concept of taking care of people.” But “we’re going to take care of them through maybe concepts of Medicare,” he told the CNN host, Anderson Cooper.
Obamacare, he continued,
is going to be repealed, it’s going to be replaced. But I will say this, Anderson. If we don’t do something quickly you’re going to have a health care that you — like you’ve never seen before in this country.
Now, the new plan is good. It’s going to be inexpensive. It’s going to be much better for the people. But there’s going to a group of people at the bottom — people that haven’t done well. People that don’t have any money that won’t be able to be care of.
We’re going to take care of them through maybe concepts of Medicare. We have hospitals that aren’t doing well, we have doctors that aren’t doing well. You cannot let people die on the street, OK?
Now, some people would say, ‘that’s not a very Republican thing to say.’ Every time I say this at a rally, or even today, I said it — once, it got a standing ovation.
I said, you know, the problem is everybody thinks that you people, as Republicans, hate the concept of taking care of people that are really, really sick and are gonna die.
That’s not single payer, by the way. That’s called heart. We gotta take care of people that can’t take care of themselves. But the plans will be much less expensive than Obamacare, they’ll be far better than Obamacare, you’ll get your doctor, you’ll get everything that you want to get. It’ll be unbelievable.
But you’ve gotta get rid of the lines. You gotta have competition. Those people that are left — we’ve gotta help them live. And everybody likes it when I say it, and that includes Republicans. And it’s not single payer.