Obamacare has been a "disaster" from the time it was enacted, and it was a "big lie," GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump declared in a telephone interview with Fox News Tuesday morning, and Hillary Clinton wants to raise taxes to keep it going.
"This plan can't work," Trump told "America's Newsroom" hosts Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum. "It was a big lie. That is how he got it passed. He said, 'Keep your doctor, keep your plan', turned out to be a lie. Said it 28 different times. It is terrible plan. It is disgrace we have to talk about, frankly."
The healthcare reform program, he continued, should be "repealed and replaced, and if I'm elected, we'll replace it with something much better and much less expensive."
Even the numbers about enrollment are a "lie like everything else," Trump told Fox News.
He said in Texas, "they're going to have the 60 percent increase, and in many states, they're going to have 78 percent and 80 percent increases. That is this year. Next year, it is going to be worse. So it has to be repealed and replaced. [There are] so many alternatives that are so good and so much less."
Trump said he favors health care savings accounts, which he called "phenomenal."
"You get rid of border lines between states, which has to be done right now," said Trump. "Insurance companies have monopolies, which is what they wanted. Frankly, it should have been done last time but [President Barack] Obama got a lot of money from insurance companies so he didn't do it."
By allowing insurance plans to cross state lines, there will be competition, which will result in plans that have competition, and as a result, "we will have plans that are so good, and plans people aren't even thinking about right now. They will be tailor-made, and they will be phenomenal, much less expensive. These plans, you can't even use them because they're so expensive.
"Not only is the deductible so high, nobody gets to use the plan, unless literally on last legs. It is just crazy. The deductible is so high, unless you have a really major problem, and even then, you probably don't get to use it. You don't really even have it."
Trump said he takes care of his employees, but there are many people who have to use Obamacare plans, and they are "catastrophic. It's a disaster. It's a disaster for them, they can't afford it. The country can't afford it. Believe it or not, on both ends. The country can't afford it, the people can't afford it."
Trump also railed against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, saying she wants to keep Obamacare coming, and with that demand, he doesn't see how she can win an election.
"She wants to raise taxes on everybody to keep it going," said Trump. "Put hundreds of billions of dollars into it, and it is a death wish. It is just a pure death wish. I mean look, she has bad judgment. We all know that. This is just another example of it."
Meanwhile, Trump has 14 days to pull out a win in the race, and even though Clinton has been polling higher than him in several national polls, he said Tuesday he has no regrets with the way he's run his campaign, and he believes he's winning and he'll pull out a win on Election Day.
"I think I'm winning in Florida, which I have to win," Trump said. "I think I'm winning in North Carolina from what I hear. I'm polling very well in Ohio. In fact, I'm going to win Ohio. We're doing phenomenally well in Iowa. Yeah, I think we're either winning or tied. It is going to be very, very close."
Trump said his biggest problem is the "extremely dishonest press," without whom "Hillary wouldn't even stand a chance. The press is totally dishonest, among the most dishonest things I have ever seen.
"I will be honest with you — I'm not talking about the two of you by the way — but a big, big preponderance of the press is unbelievably dishonest and I always knew it was that way, but never to the extent that I have seen."
Trump pointed to an International Business Daily poll coming out on Monday that put him 2 points up, and said it was the "best poll."
"That is the only poll that very closely predicted every election, every presidential election last three cycles, the last three, predicted everyone and within a tiny margin, so this the best poll," said Trump.
"I think that we're doing fantastically. Couple of these polls like CNN, they poll heavily Democratic, which is ridiculous."
MacCallum said that as there are more Democrats in the country than there are Republicans, there are pollsters saying that affects the mix that is weighed, and Trump agreed that it is "more than a little bit."
Trump pointed to a Rasmussen poll on Monday that put him ahead by 2 points, and noted that in Florida's open polling, "you can't get to a machine . . . they have lines going a block long, two blocks long. Nobody ever seen especially for early voting."
And those voters are wearing "Trump hats and Trump buttons and Trump shirts," the GOP nominee said Tuesday. "That is generally good news, but you never know."
Trump also spoke out about a tape showing Clinton's campaign was paying people to create "tremendous violence" at his rallies.
"You know, you had police officers that were taken away in ambulances and things," he said. "This was terrible. It just came out this was planned violence by the Clinton campaign and DNC. I think others were set up also.
"I don't mention it at all. I want to talk about jobs. I want to talk about repealing and replacing Obamacare but I want to state my innocence."
Trump also spoke out about an investigation concerning a donation of almost $500,000 to the campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, wife of Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe, a person who went on to investigate Hillary Clinton's private email server.
"Let me tell you, Terry McAuliffe is the single closest person to Bill and Hillary Clinton," said Trump. "There is nobody closer. Terry Mcauliffe, they gave to the FBI person at the high level, who was doing the investigation, who was in charge of the investigation, they gave his wife $675,000.
"Now you think of that. Now, that's Clinton giving the money because that is how close they are."
So, he said, "Clinton gave the FBI agent who was top person, who is the top person in charge of her email case which is a disgrace that she got off that. She lied to the FBI. Lied to Congress. Lied to everybody . . .
"She gave money at a huge clip, $675,000, to the wife of the FBI agent who was in charge of her investigation. Let me tell you something. That's a criminal act."
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