WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump met with who he referred to as several “victims” of Obamacare at the White House on Monday as he pushed to repeal the Obama administration’s now infamous health care mandate.
Speaking with nearly a dozen Americans from all walks of life who say their lives were negatively impacted by the Affordable Health Care Act, the president said the republican plan proposed by Republicans will help to drive insurance costs down.
“More competition and less regulation will finally bring down the cost of care,” Trump said.
Joel Brown, a Tennessee resident who attended the round table discussion with the president, said his county has only one insurance option – which comes with a $7,000 deductible.
Another participant in the discussion, Brittany Ivey of Georgia, said her private insurance rates went up 110 percent under Obamacare. Ivey told the president that even though she was paying $1300 a month for a plan, her doctors refused to take the insurance.
“We’re so happy to be seeing it going,” said Ivey. “It’s almost put our family in financial ruin.”
After hearing the stories of those impacted by Obamacare, Trump vowed, “It will get better”.
“Millions of people had great health care that they loved,” Trump said of the health insurance program he called the “very, very, failed and failing Obamacare law.”
Trump promised the group that his administration would put into place a better plan that “lowers cost, expands choice, and ensures access for everyone” and promised “more competition and less regulation” in the market place.
“You’ll see rates go down, down, down, and you’ll see plans go up, up, up, you’ll have a lot of choices,” he said.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan also spoke on Monday about his proposed “repeal and replace” plan, which has been the subject of harsh criticism of many Republicans. Despite comments from Kentucky senator Rand Paul who described the plan as “Obamacare lite,” Ryan insisted the party can work through their disagreements and come up with a plan that’s agreeable to all.
“What we’re trying to achieve here is bringing down the cost of care, bringing down the cost of insurance not through government mandates and monopolies but by having more choice and competition,” Ryan said on Sunday CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “We’re not going to make an American do what they don’t want to do.”
The president echoed Ryans comments via Twitter.
“Republicans will come together and save the day,” he tweeted. “ObamaCare is imploding. It is a disaster and 2017 will be the worst year yet, by far!”