Donald Trump Made a Huge Promise About Your Health Insurance

January 16th 2017

Lucy Tiven

President-elect Donald Trump addressed Republican plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, during a weekend interview with the Washington Post.


Trump said the plan would provide health insurance for all Americans.

“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” he told the Post Saturday. “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.”

"It will be in a much simplified form," Trump added. "Much less expensive and much better.”

The president-elect said his plan would include “lower numbers, much lower deductibles” and is “very much formulated down to the final strokes."


Trump told the Post he was awaiting confirmation of Health and Human Services nominee Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to announce the replacement plan to Congress with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.).

Trump declined to provide specifics, but said the proposal was not a single-payer plan.

Trump's comments arrive days after Senate Republicans passed a bill Thursday that began the repeal of the Affordable Care Act through the budget reconciliation process. The House started the dismantling process last Friday.

Republicans have been unable to agree on a comprehensive Obamacare replacement since the law was signed in 2010.

It's unclear how Trump would work with a Republican Congress to grant more people healthcare without introducing a single-payer system, as the New York Times reports.

Two major GOP-helmed replacement plans, introduced by Ryan and Sen. Orin Hatch (R-Utah), would reduce federal spending but leave less people insured, Vox reports.

As MSNBC reports, it would be difficult for Republicans to create a healthcare plan that covered more people for less without drastic increases to government spending.

Trump advocated for single-payer healthcare in a 2000 book, writer Parker Molloy pointed out in a tweet Friday. He also came under fire during the primary campaign for praising single payer plans in other countries.

Pressed by the Post, Trump said the plan would not cut Medicare benefits. Ryan and other GOP leaders have previously advocated to reform and partially privatize Medicare.

Trump claimed he would pressure pharmaceutical companies to lower prescription drug costs.

“They’re politically protected, but not anymore,” Trump said of the pharmaceutical giants. Trump suggested he would exert public pressure on drug companies.

From the Post:

"Moving ahead, Trump said that lowering drug prices is central to reducing health-care costs nationally — and that he will make it a priority as he uses his bully pulpit to shape policy. When asked how exactly he would force drug manufacturers to comply, Trump said that part of his approach would be public pressure 'just like on the airplane,' a nod to his tweets about Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet, which Trump said was too costly."

In a Monday Twitter thread, Center for American Progress Vice President for Health Policy Topher Spiro addressed Trump's plan.

Spiro argued Trump's pledge to provide "healthcare for everybody" would conflict with GOP healthcare proposals and regulating drug costs wouldn't go far enough.

Appearing on "The Today Show" Monday, incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump's healthcare plan would use "marketplace solutions" to cut coverage costs.

You can read the original report on the Washington Post.