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CBS/AP October 25, 2016, 11:35 AM
Donald Trump denounces Obamacare, while touting his golf course in Florida
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Last Updated Oct 25, 2016 11:42 AM EDT
Flanked by dozens of his employees at Trump National Doral golf course in Florida, the Republican nominee seized on Monday’s announcement that Obamacare premiums would increase by double digits.
“This election is going to be about Obamacare -- it’s going to be about jobs; it’s going to be about a lot of things,” Trump said. “But Obamacare is just blowing up, and even the White House, our president, announced 25 or 26 percent. That number is so wrong. That is such a phony number. You’re talking about 60,70, 80 percent in increases, not 25 percent.”
The federal government announced Monday that the average premium increase would be 25 percent for plans across the 39 states that are run by the federal government.
“The numbers came out in Texas where it’s 60 percent increases, and other places, other states,” Trump declared. “One state is going to be 92 percent I understand. So I think that they wanted to put out—pretty sad when you put out a 25 or 26 percent increase, and that’s supposed to be to keep it down.” Trump promised to repeal and replace it with a plan that would be “something much less expensive for the people.”
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After the event, asked by reporters whether he provided health insurance for all of his employees (he claimed during his remarks that there are at least 1,200 employed at Doral), he said, “Yeah, I do.”
Then, another reporter followed up and asked, “So none of them are on Obamacare?” he first said “No,” and then added, “Well, some of them are, but most of them, no.”
Trump has frequently mixed his campaign and business interests as he touts his ability to create jobs. On Wednesday, he has a similar dual-purpose event planned -- the official opening of his new hotel in Washington, which had a soft launch in September.
originally posted by: Byrd
Here in Texas, our Dear Governor refused to implement Obamacare. As a result, our premiums are much higher because the insurance companies can offer lower rates elsewhere by sticking us with the bill.
The roughly 1.3 million Texans who bought health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will likely have fewer, more expensive coverage options in 2017, as health plans continue to announce they will no longer sell their products in Texas.
What did he say that was wrong?
"I can say that all of my employees are having a tremendous problem with Obamacare,"
Trump's comments sparked questions about whether his employees receive insurance through the health insurance exchanges set up under Obama's signature law, which would mean he does not offer private health insurance to those employees.
Asked by a reporter after the event whether his employees have health care coverage through Obamacare, Trump replied: "Some of them. Most of them, no."
Clarifying Trump's remarks, the general manager of Trump's property in Doral, David Feder, said "99% of our employees are insured through our hotel." "Over 90%, without a doubt," he added.
Feder said all of his employees who work more than 30 hours a week are eligible for the company's private health insurance coverage and that he presumed only part-time or seasonal workers would have to go through Obamacare exchanges. He said the company "picks up 70% of premiums."
At least 90% of the workers Trump claimed were having "tremendous health care problems" are insured through Trump's business, NOT "Obamacare"!
originally posted by: windword
a reply to: seasonal
Perhaps you've forgoten how premiums were soaring unchecked, before the ACA, or how women paid extra, or how if someone had a precondition they couldn't find coverage; babies with prenatal conditions for example, or how there were lifetime caps on insurance coverage.......
originally posted by: network dude
perhaps you were living on another planet (which seems much more likely due to your lack of knowledge) but before Obama care, insurance for a single person, good health, in their early 30's was about ...........$180 a month, now that same person must pay about $400 or better.
Perhaps you've forgoten how premiums were soaring unchecked
I have no idea what you're on about! 90% of Trumps workers aren't on "Obamacare", they're using Trump's insurance.