Trump discusses health care

Trump says health plans are now 60% less expensive and pledges to protect patients with preexisting conditions.
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The good life for American families also requires the most affordable innovative and high quality health care system monitor it. Before I took office health insurance premiums had more than doubled in just five years. I moved quickly to provide affordable alternatives are new plans are up to 60%. Less expensive. And better. I've also made an ironclad pledge to American families we will always protect patients with pre existing condition. A. And we will always protect your Medicare and we will always protect your Social Security. Moon are. The American Paige Sheehan she'd never be blind sided by medical bills. That is why I sighed and executive order requiring price transparency. Many experts believe that transparency. Which will go into full effect. At the beginning of next year will be even bigger than Health Care Reform. It will save family's massive amounts of money for substantially better care. But as we work to improve Americans health care. There are those who want to take away your health care. Take away your doctor and abolish private insurance. Entirely. 132. Lawmakers in this room have endorsed legislation to impose a socialist takeover of our health care system. Wiping out the private health insurance plans of 180. Media and very happy Americans. To those watching at home tonight I want you to know. We will never let socialism destroy American health care. Over 130. Legislators. In this chamber. Have endorse legislation that would bankrupt our nation. By providing free taxpayer funded health care to millions of illegal aliens forcing taxpayers to subsidize free care. For anyone in the world to odd lawfully crosses our borders. These proposals would raid the Medicare benefits of our seniors and that our C news depend on. While acting as a powerful lure for illegal immigration. That is what is happening in California and other states their systems are totally out of control. Costing taxpayers vast and unaffordable amounts of money. If forcing American taxpayers to provide unlimited free health care to illegal aliens sounds fair to you. Then stand with the radical left. But if you believe that we should defend American patience and American seniors. Then stand with me and pass legislation to prohibit free government health care. For an illegal aliens. Okay. The in. This will be a tremendous is Boone. If you are already very strongly guarded southern border. Where as we speak a long tall and very powerful wall is being built. Right. We have now completed over 100 miles and have over 500 miles fully completed. In a very short period of time early next year we will have substantially more than 500. Miles completed. My administration is also take you Don T big pharmaceutical companies. We have approved a record number of affordable generic drugs and medicines are being approved by the FDA. At a faster clip than ever before. It. And I was pleased to announce last year that for the first time in 51 years. The cost of prescription drugs actually went down. And working together congress can reduce drug price is substantially. From current levels. I've been speaking to senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa. And others in congress in order to get something going drug pricing done. And done quickly and properly. I'm calling for bipartisan legislation that achieves the goal of dramatically lowering. Prescription. Drug prices. Get a bill on my desk and I will sign it into law immediately. Okay. With unyielding commitment. We are currently. Drug overdose deaths declined for the first time. In nearly thirty years. Among the states hardest hit. Ohio is down 22%. Pennsylvania is down 18%. Wisconsin is down 10%. And we will not quit until we have beaten the oak feel like epidemic once and for all. Okay. Protecting Americans held. Also means fighting infectious diseases. We are coordinating with the Chinese Government and working closely together. On the corona virus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat. We have launched ambitious new initiatives to substantially improve care for Americans with kidney disease alzheimer's. At those struggling with mental health. And because congress. Was so good is to fund my request. New cures for childhood cancer. And we will eradicate. The aids epidemic in America by the end of this decade.

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