Donald Trump promised Tuesday to begin working right away if he is elected president to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The Republican presidential candidate told a crowd of supporters in Valley Forge, Pa., he will ask Congress for a special session to immediately end the reform law.
“When we win on Nov. 8, and elect a Republican Congress, we will be able to immediately repeal and replace Obamacare,” he said. “We have to do it. I will ask Congress to convene a special session so we can repeal and replace, and it will be such an honor for me, for you, and for everybody in this country because Obamacare has to be replaced, and we will do it, and we will do it very, very quickly. It’s a catastrophe.”
President Barack Obama had said if people like their plans and their doctors, they can keep them, Trump continued, and that “may go down as one of the great political lies of the century.”
“Even the skeptical Democrats believed him, and approved the legislation,” said Trump, who was in the historic Pennsylvania community with running mate Mike Pence, who was introduced on stage by former GOP candidate Ben Carson.
The Affordable Care Act was passed, Trump said, but people had not read the 2,700-page bill, and to this day, “nobody understands it.”
“The Obama administration has just announced massive double-digit and triple-digit Obamacare premium hikes everywhere, all throughout the country,” said Trump, giving his speech as the nation’s open enrollment period began. “Here in Pennsylvania, premiums are going to increase more than 60 percent, and that’s nothing compared what will happen in the future. Of course in the future, if I’m president, there won’t be Obamacare, so you don’t have to worry about it.”
But if Obamacare remains, parents will not have enough money “to pay their bills or get medicine for their kids,” Trump said.