By Ben Kamisar
Trump: 'We’re going to take care of people who are dying on the street'
Donald Trump defended his accusations that he’s too liberal on healthcare, calling for a new strategy that would thrive based primarily on the free market.
When Mary Katherine Ham, a conservative commentator who is assisting with moderating ABC News’s GOP debate, asked Trump if his past support of a single-payer plan puts Trump more in line with Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders than the GOP, Trump shot back that he’s more in line with “common sense.”
“We are going to repeal ObamaCare, and we are going to replace ObamaCare with something so much better,” Trump said Saturday, noting that the insurance companies is getting “rich on ObamaCare.”
He called for lifting restrictions on health insurance companies competing across the country, instead of being forced to only sell within the state, and get a plan based on “free enterprise.”
But he made a humanitarian appeal, noting that he wants to make sure those without coverage aren’t left to die.
“There will be a certain number of people who will be on the street dying, and as a Republican, I don’t want that to happen,” Trump said.
“We’re going to take care of people who are dying on the street because there will be a group of people that are not going to be able to think in terms of private or anything else.”