Trump Softens On GOP Promise To Provide ‘Insurance For Everybody’

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter

President-elect Donald Trump walked back his promise that the GOP’s Obamacare “replacement” package would provide “insurance for everybody.”

During an appearance on “Fox and Friends,” Trump clarified his remarks, saying he hopes the plan will make insurance more affordable for all Americans.

“We’re going to have a plan that’s going to be great for people. And it’s going to be much less expensive. And you will be able to actually have something to say about who your doctor is and your plan,” he said during an appearance on Fox and Friends. “We have to cover people that can’t afford it. And that’s what I’m talking about. And we’ll probably have block grants of Medicaid back into the states. … Nobody is going to be dying on the streets with a President Trump.”

Trump’s rhetoric on heathcare reform was substantially softened from the proposal he discussed with The Washington Post Sunday.

“There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it,” he said just days earlier. “That’s not going to happen with us.”

His latest comments more closely to the proposal he ran on during the course of the election as well as GOP lawmakers’ stance on the matter.

“We want people taken care of,” he told Axios in an interview published Wednesday. “There will be nobody dying on the streets in a Trump administration.”

Congressional Republicans recently overcame the first procedural hurdle on their path to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and are currently working on crafting an Obamacare alternative.

The party vowed to keep popular provisions — like, including allowing dependents to stay on their parents’ plan until they are 26 and requiring insurers to cover preexisting conditions — in place while lowing out-of-pocket costs.

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