Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, who previously endorsed single-payer universal health care but has since retreated to vague and bombastic descriptions of a “terrific” replacement for Obamacare, is planning on releasing a more detailed health care plan soon and joined Iowa talk radio host Simon Conway yesterday to discuss it.
Trump’s description of his plan lacked details, but, of course, centered on the great “deals” that he would cut with health care providers, meaning that most people would choose private insurance because they would have a “great plan” and everybody else would go to hospitals for care “because you make a deal with these hospitals so they can’t rip off the country.”
“We can make a deal with hospitals where the people who can’t buy their plan — which will not be that much because everyone’s going to want to be private, everybody’s going to want to buy these plans — but we can make a deal where we take care of people with hospitals,” he said.
Trump repeatedly defended the necessity of universal health care, saying, “I don’t want to see people dying in the streets,” but insisted that what he was advocating was not “socialized medicine” because “I don’t put a label on it.”
“I keep talking about the Republicans, they have heart, but some people would [say], oh, is this socialized medicine?” he said. “It’s just, it’s not, I don’t put a label on it.”