Tags: Trump Administration | Donald Trump | Healthcare Reform | healthcare | trump | weekly | address

Trump Pushes GOP Healthcare Bill in Weekly Address

By    |   Friday, 10 Mar 2017 01:07 PM

President Donald Trump on Friday focused his weekly address to the nation on the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in favor of a new healthcare plan introduced this week by House Speaker Paul Ryan amidst an avalanche of controversy.

"Americans were promised that Obamacare would bring premiums down $2,500 for a typical family. Instead, they've gone up by more than $4,000. Americans were promised that Obamacare would increase competition and provide them with more choices. Instead, the number of plans to choose from has plummeted — and I mean plummeted," Trump said.

"This year, Americans in nearly one-third of all counties have only one insurer to choose from on the exchanges — or, in effect, no real choice at all. Americans were promised that if they liked their health insurance and their doctors, they could keep them. Instead, millions of Americans lost the insurance and lost the doctor that they liked and were thrust into a cold new reality of higher costs and less coverage.

"Through seven long years of botched rollouts, soaring costs, canceled plans, and bureaucratic mandates, Americans have called out for relief. And relief is what we are determined to give them. I want every American to know that action on Obamacare is an urgent necessity."

Trump’s pitch comes as conservatives continue to squabble with leadership that the ACA replacement isn't conservative enough and Democrats argue it will lead to a catastrophe in which millions lose their health insurance.

The commander-in-chief insisted the ACA, President Barack Obama signature legislation, has been "collapsing around us."

"And if we do not act to save Americans from this wreckage, it will take our healthcare system all the way down with it. If we do nothing, millions more innocent Americans will be hurt — and badly hurt. That's why we must repeal and replace Obamacare," he said.

"House Republicans have put forward a plan that gets rid of this terrible law and replaces it with reforms that empower states and consumers. You will have the choice and the freedom to make the decisions that are right for your family.

"The House plan follows the guidelines I laid out in my recent address to Congress — expanding choice, lowering costs, and providing healthcare access for all."

He said the plan was "part of a three-pronged reform process."

"In concert with the plan in front of Congress, I have directed Dr. Tom Price, our Secretary of Health and Human Services, to use his authority to reduce regulations that are driving up costs of care.

"We are also working on reforms that lower the costs of care, like allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines. You've heard me say that many, many times during the debates. I encourage Democrats to work with us to improve the healthcare system for the American people.

Trump said the ACA replacement will help lower costs.

"We will deliver relief to American workers, families, and small businesses, who right now are being crushed by Obamacare, by increasing freedom, choice, and opportunity for the American people," he said.

In his address, Trump also spoke of the importance of women in American history.

"In March, we celebrate Women's History Month, honoring the countless contributions that women leaders, scientists, and entrepreneurs have made throughout American history," he said.

We are a greater, stronger, and more just nation today because of women like Clara Barton, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, and so many others. We honor them and we recommit ourselves to a better future for every woman in America today."

Related Stories:

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Politics
President Donald Trump on Friday focused his weekly address to the nation on the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in favor of a new healthcare plan introduced this week by House Speaker Paul Ryan amidst an avalanche of controversy.
healthcare, trump, weekly, address
608
2017-07-10
Friday, 10 Mar 2017 01:07 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved