by WorldTribune Staff, November 2, 2016
Open enrollment for Obamacare is underway and millions of Americans are finding they have fewer options and will be paying much more for their health care.
Donald Trump on Nov. 1 pledged he would immediately repeal and replace Obamacare if he’s elected president next week.
“Obamacare means higher prices, fewer choices and lower quality, yet Hillary Clinton wants to expand Obamacare and make it even more expensive,” Trump said during a campaign event in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. “She wants to put the government totally in charge of health care in America. If we don’t repeal and replace Obamacare, we will destroy American health care forever. It’s one of the single most important reasons why we must win on Nov. 8. We must win.”
Obamacare had not figured prominently in the 2016 presidential campaign this year until states began to announce that several providers were dropping out of the marketplaces and premiums would rise substantially.
“Here in Pennsylvania, premiums are going to increase more than 60 percent,” Trump said. “And that’s nothing compared [to] what will happen in the future. Of course, in the future, if I’m president, there won’t be Obamacare so you won’t have to worry about that.”
Trump called for replacing Obamacare with health savings accounts that would allow Americans to purchase insurance across state lines and empowering states to manage Medicaid funding.
“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,” Trump said. “It will be a much better health care at a much less expensive cost.”
Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s running mate, said “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.”