Congress has begun the process of repealing President Barack Obama’s controversial Affordable Care Act, a law that critics say resulted in billions of dollars of government waste and increased healthcare costs.
Democrats have been on the attack since, and have recently held rallies where liberal lawmakers like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders promised doom if American voters didn’t speak out.
So they’re not going to be happy when they read this: President-elect Donald Trump says his plan to replace the nation’s health care law will include “insurance for everybody.”
So much for the left-wing narrative that Trump would leave them uninsured.
Trump made the comment in an interview with The Washington Post, published on Sunday.
The president-elect says: “We’re going to have insurance for everybody. 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 declined to reveal the specifics, but hinted his program would save millions in taxpayer dollars by aggressively negotiating with pharmaceutical companies and medical providers.
“They’re politically protected, but not anymore,” Trump said of pharmaceutical companies.
The president-elect then promised that Americans “can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better.”
The new healthcare plan is “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,” he continued.
An embrace of universal health care has shocked liberal critics, who have been nay-saying the Trump administration’s plan to repeal Obamacare.
Trump told the Post he expects Congress to address the issue in the coming weeks.
The Associated Press contributed to this article