Remember This

Ahead of Donald Trump's Please Clap for Me address tonight, during which one of the topics will presumably be healthcare "reform," and with Paul Ryan making noise about healthcare "reform" being a priority for Congressional Republicans this spring, I thought it might be useful to return to what Trump promised along the campaign trail during a 60 Minutes interview with Scott Pelley in September 2015.

Pelley: What's your plan for Obamacare?

Trump: Obamacare's going to be repealed and replaced. Obamacare is a disaster, if you look at what's going on with premiums, where they're up 45, 50, 55 percent—

Pelley: So how do you fix it?

Trump: There's many different ways, by the way. Everybody's got to be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say, because a lot of times they say, "No, no, the lower 25 percent, they can't afford private." But—

Pelley: Universal health care?

Trump: I am going to take care of everybody. I don't care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody's going to be taken care of, much better than they're taken care of now.

Pelley: The uninsured person—

Trump: Right.

Pelley: —is going to be taken care of how?

Trump: They're going to be taken care of.

Pelley: How?

Trump: I would make a deal with existing hospitals to take care of people. And, you know what, if this is probably—

Pelley: Make a deal? Who pays for it?

Trump: The government's gonna pay for it. But we're going to save so much money on the other side! But for the most it's going to be a private plan and people are going to be able to go out and negotiate great plans with lots of different competition with lots of competitors with great companies, and they can have their doctors, they can have their plans, they can have everything.
"They can have everything." This is what Trump promised. Remember that.

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