President-elect Donald Trump didn't give many specifics, but he said the replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act will result in "insurance for everybody."
“It’s 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,” Trump told The Washington Post.
In his interview with the newspaper, Trump said the ACA, sometimes referred to as Obamacare, is close to being replaced and said that a major component will be forcing pharmaceutical companies to negotiate with the U.S. government.
“They’re politically protected, but not anymore,” he said of drug companies.
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Trump's comments about the replacement plan lacked details but he insinuated that there would be an expansion of governmental interference with the market-based Obamacare plan that Republicans have been dismantling since its implementation.
But Trump vowed to not let Congress again interfere with passage of a replacement plan and threatened to use his presidential powers and bully pulpit to get it done.
“The Congress can’t get cold feet because the people will not let that happen,” Trump said.
But Democrats have been harshly criticizing Trump and the GOP for rushing in a replacement plan that puts millions of Americans' access to health care at risk.
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“People in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio -- screwed," said Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, citing states that Trump won in the 2016 presidential election but will potentially be harmed by ACA's repeal, according to Fox News.
Imitating Trump's manner of speaking, Jeffries added, "People in Appalachia and rural America -- screwed."