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Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’

16 Jan, 2017 19:49:02

International Desk: 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.