Debate: Donald Trump Wants Government to Pay for Healthcare



Donald Trump responded to questions on his views on healthcare during the debate. We are just providing the facts except for this one comment – no one is dying in the streets. Every person can get healthcare in this country. They walk into a hospital or a clinic and they get it. Maybe it’s not optimal healthcare.



MARY KATHERINE HAM: “In the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton has criticized Bernie Sanders’ plan for single payer government health care, noting it would require big across the board tax increases for Americans. In doing so, she’s doubling down on Obama care, despite its persistent unpopularity. You have said you want to appeal Obama care. You have said, quote, everybody’s got to be covered, adding, quote, the government’s going to pay for it. Are you closer to Bernie Sanders’ vision for health care than –“

DONALD TRUMP: “I don’t think I am. I think I’m closer to common sense. We are going to repeal Obama care. We’re going to repeal Obama care. We are going to replace Obama care with something so much better. And there are so many examples of it.

And I will tell you, part of the reason we have some people laughing, because you have insurance people that take care of everybody up here. The only one they’re not taking care of is me. We have lines around each state. The insurance companies are getting rich on Obama care. The insurance companies are getting rich on health care and health services and everything having to do with health. We are going to end that. We’re going to take out the artificial boundaries, the artificial lines.

We’re going to get a plan where people compete, free enterprise. They compete. So much better. In addition — in addition to that, in addition to that, you have the health care savings plans, which are excellent. What I do say is, there will be a certain number of people that will be on the street dying and as a Republican, I don’t want that to happen. We’re going to take care of people that are dying on the street because there will be a group of people that are not going to be able to even think in terms of private or anything else and we’re going to take care of those people. And I think everybody on this stage would have to agree, you’re not going to let people die, sitting in the middle of a street in any city in this country.”

Donald Trump was interviewed by Scott Pelley Sunday and this is what he said on the same issue.

Donald 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 40, 50, 55 percent.

Scott Pelley: How do you fix it?

Donald 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 that can’t afford private. But–”

Scott Pelley: Universal health care.

Donald 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.

Scott Pelley: The uninsured person is going to be taken care of. How? How?

Donald Trump: They’re going to be taken care of. I would make a deal with existing hospitals to take care of people. And, you know what, if this is probably–

Scott Pelley: Make a deal? Who pays for it?

Donald 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 plans, they can have everything.

Trump will tax the wealthy:

Scott Pelley: Revolution is easy, governing is hard and what I’d like to get to is how you intend to govern the country if you are elected president. What’s your tax plan?

Donald Trump: It’s a substantial reduction for the middle-income people. Because our middle class, Scott, is being absolutely decimated. It will be a corporate also reduction, I think it’ll be a great incentive for corporations.

Scott Pelley: Who are you going to raise taxes on?

Donald Trump: If you look at actually raise, some very wealthy are going to be raised. Some people that are getting unfair deductions are going to be raised. But overall it’s going to be a tremendous incentive to grow the economy and we’re going to take in the same or more money. And I think we’re going to have something that’s going to be spectacular.

Scott Pelley: But Republicans don’t raise taxes.

Donald Trump: Well, we’re not raising taxes.

Scott Pelley: What kind of Republican are you?

Donald Trump: I mean the only, well, I’m a pretty good Republican. But, I will tell you this, I do have some differences. I don’t want to have certain people on Wall Street getting away with paying no tax.

He talks about universal healthcare in this video.



  1. The coverage trump is talking about was well known when Obamacare was going through Congress. It involves the roughly 7% of Americans that have no health care plan. Providing them health care is a decent thing to do, and vastly superior to Obamacare. Instead, the democrats began a complete takeover of health care. The questioner tries to trap Trump into advocating universal health care, or single payer. That is ridiculous. Liberal networks would like to hurt Trump by claiming he supports single payer, yet it is those very networks that favor single payer. It’s called hypocrisy.

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