Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said during an interview with ABC’s "This Week" on Jan. 31 that he plans to “work something out” on health care.
In the interview, Trump remained vague on his specific plan to extend health coverage to lower-income groups, reports The Hill.
“If somebody has no money and they’re lying in the middle of the street and they’re dying, I’m going to take care of that person,” he said. He was then asked how he would accomplish that.
“We’re going to work with our hospitals,” he said. “We’re going to work with our doctors. We’ve got to do something. You can’t have a -- a small percentage of our economy, because they’re down and out, have absolutely no protection so they end up dying from, you know, what you could have a simple procedure or even a pill. You can’t do that.”
He further assured that he would “work something out,” and clarified that that “doesn’t mean single-payer.”
“And if this means I lose an election, that’s fine, because, frankly, we have to take care of the people in our country. We can’t let them die on the sidewalks of New York or the sidewalks of Iowa or anywhere else,” he added, saying that he still wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Trump took aim at GOP rival Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, calling him a liar for suggesting he wants to impose a single-payer health care system.
“Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have the identical position on health care,” Cruz said, reports Politifact.
“Which is they want to put the government in charge of you and your doctor."