Trump promises 'insurance for everybody' as health law replacement

Close aides of Mr. Trump also declined to provide further details of the health plan.

Tyler Henderson | Jan 16, 2017

   

President- Elect Donald Trump this weekend assured Americans that he's substitution for the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, would be insurance for everybody. In an interview with the Washington Post, Trump said the health care his administration would provide would be in a simpler and better form than was currently available.

"We're going to have insurance for everybody," Mr. 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."

Trump though, did not divulge details of his health policy or how he planned to make it work, or the costs that would be involved. He also did not mention if he would be seeking the backing of Congress to pass his plan. Trump only indicated that he had the support of House Speaker, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, and the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Close aides of Mr. Trump also declined to provide further details of the health plan.

Experts say an insurance plan to cover all Americans with a Government provided health insurance is a very costly exercise that has proved tricky for previous administrations. The market-based health solutions on the hand, like Obamacare, have been difficult to implement.

Some Republicans have voiced their concerns about a quick replacement of the law as well as envisaging some difficulties in pushing the bill through Congress.

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