Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has consistently criticized the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, throughout his campaign. Now he is planning to take extraordinary measures to address its problems.
At a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Trump announced that he will take immediate action against Obamacare if he’s elected president, Politico reported.
“I will ask Congress to convene a special session so we can repeal and replace. And it will be such an honor for me, for you and for everybody in this country because Obamacare has to be replaced. And we will do it, and we will do it very, very quickly. It is a catastrophe,” Trump said. Watch below:
In a largely symbolic gesture, Republicans in Congress have repeatedly held votes on such a measure. Several Republican leaders, most notably House Speaker Paul Ryan, have proposed alternative health care proposals. Trump would like to completely repeal Obamacare and replace it with a new plan that would allow for greater competition across state lines and provide greater access to health care for millions of Americans. He is also a strong proponent of Health Savings Accounts.
But this will not be an easy task. Democrats are likely to retain enough Congressional seats to filibuster any repeal measure. Congressmen in both parties are also unlike to vote for an immediate repeal without having an alternative.
Obamacare has been a significant issue in this year’s election season. Now as we enter the final week before election day, Americans are seeing sky rocketing rates and fewer choices. Trump has blamed Obamacare for damaging our economy, limiting spending, and costing jobs.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has long supported Obamacare although she does agree that changes are needed.
“She wants the government totally in charge of health care in America. If we don’t repeal and replace Obamacare, we will destroy American healthcare forever. It’s one of the single most important reasons why we must win on Nov. 8,” Trump said of Clinton.
Ultimately, Trump said of his plan, “We will create quality, reliable, affordable health care in a free market where parents can make the health care decisions that they really wanna make for their families. It will be a much better health care at a much less expensive cost.”
Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence echoed Trump’s.
“The choice in this election couldn’t be more clear. With Hillary Clinton we’ll get more of the same from the last seven-and-a-half years. More taxes, more spending, more regulation and more Obamacare. I mean, we can’t trust Hillary Clinton with our health care any more than we can trust her with classified information,” Pence said.