President Donald Trump insisted that the new Republican health care proposal will include coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
“Pre-existing conditions are in the bill,'” Trump told CBS.
“We have, we’re going to have lower premiums,” he continued. “And before you start there, let me just tell you something. Obamacare is dead. Obamacare right now, all the insurance companies are fleeing. Places like Tennessee have already lost half of their state with the insurance companies. They’re all going. Obamacare, John, is dead. Okay, because we’re being – we’re being compared to Obamacare. Just, so. Obamacare doesn’t work.”
Trump went on to say that the new Republican proposal will be better than the previous one, which failed to garner enough Republican support to pass a vote in Congress.
“This bill is much different than it was a little while ago, okay? This bill has evolved. And we didn’t have a failure on the bill. You know, it was reported like a failure. Now, the one thing I wouldn’t have done again is put a timeline. That’s why on the second iteration, I didn’t put a timeline,” he said. “But we have now pre-existing conditions in the bill. We have – we’ve set up a pool for the pre-existing conditions so that the premiums can be allowed to fall. We’re taking across all of the borders or the lines so that insurance companies can compete nationwide.”
Trump described the coming reiteration of a health care plan by Republicans as “phase two” and said it would be boosted by “competition.”
“But let me just explain something. There will be such competition,” he said. “Right now, there’s no competition. There will be such competition by insurance companies so that they can get health care and the people taking care of health care.”
Trump also said the coming health care proposal will reduce costs.
“Most importantly, we’re going to drive down premiums,” he said. “We’re going to drive down deductibles because right now, deductibles are so high, you never – unless you’re going to die a long, hard death, you never can get to use your health care – because the deductibles are so high.”
The previous Republican health care plan failed to get the approval of the Freedom Caucus, a group of hard-line conservatives who wanted a fuller repeal of the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.
But the latest version has won the Freedom Caucus’ approval and is expected to pass the House.
“While the revised version still does not fully repeal Obamacare, we are prepared to support it to keep our promise to the American people to lower healthcare costs,” the Freedom Caucus said in a statement, according to NBC News.
Sources: CBS News, NBC News/ Photo Credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr