Donald Trump, Mike Pence Slam 'Obamacare,' Call on Congress to Repeal It
Stumping in Pennsylvania, the two tore down the health care act.
By JOHN SANTUCCI, INES DE LA CUETARA, CANDACE SMITH
November 1, 2016, 5:52 PM
• 3 min read
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pennsylvania -- After slamming the Affordable Care Act for weeks, Donald Trump appeared with his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, in Pennsylvania, saying he intends ask Congress to meet specifically to repeal the law.
"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," Trump said. "It's a catastrophe."
Speaking in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pence spoke at length about the ACA. Though he is the governor of Indiana now, he served in Congress when the health care law was passed.
"'Obamacare,' the debacle previously known as 'Hillarycare,' was a government takeover of health care from the start, plain and simple," he said.
And though Pence expanded Medicaid under "Obamacare" in Indiana, he continued to tout the "healthy Indiana plan" he created in his home state.
"You know back in the Hoosier State, we said no thanks to expanding traditional Medicaid. We fought for almost two years to make coverage more widely available the right way, with consumer-driven health care and health savings accounts, and it's working," Pence said.
Neither Trump nor Pence discussed new policy proposals; their existing plan involves repealing and replacing "Obamacare," expanding health savings accounts and allowing the purchase of health care across state lines.
Trump was joined by members of Congress who have also fought "Obamacare," as well as supporter and former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson. Trump said he hoped Carson would be "very much involved" his his administration.
In Democratic-leaning Pennsylvania, a state where the campaign claims it is increasing ad spending, Trump appealed to minority communities and millennials.
"In many instances, their health care costs are more than their mortgage costs, more than their rent --which by the way is a first in American history," Trump said. "This is particularly unfair to millennials and younger Americans generally, who will be totally crushed by these massive health care costs before they even get started on their journey through life."
Both GOP nominees used the opportunity to attack their Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
"I mean we can't trust Hillary Clinton with our health care any more than we can trust her with classified information," Pence quipped.