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President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump said his healthcare plan will have 'insurance for everybody'


The Congress can't get cold feet because the people will not let that happen.
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President-elect Donald Trump said his plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would provide "insurance for everybody" and target pharmaceutical industries to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

Trump's latest iteration of his healthcare plan surfaced in a Washington Post interview.

Trump said his plan is nearly finished, but is waiting for his nominee for secretary of health and human services, Rep. Tom Price, to be confirmed before he finishes the plan. 

He promised "lower numbers, much lower deductibles" and that care would be "much less expensive and much better." 

While some Congressional Republicans have suggested replacing the Affordable Care Act would take some time, Trump has said he expects a replacement "very quickly or simultaneously" after repealing, The New York Times reports.

On Sunday, Republican Sen. Rand Paul discussed his proposed replacement plan on CNN. 

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It's not clear how Trump's program will overlap with a proposed Republican plan, if at all. But he did say his plan did not include cutting Medicare benefits.

He also said he would make it a priority to reduce drug prices, using his ability to provide corporate pressure on Twitter, as he did with Lockheed Martin

Under Medicaid, drug companies already have to sell drugs at the lowest price they sell to any other buyer. 

Observers were skeptical that Trump could pull off all he promised.

Sunday was marked by nationwide rallies urging Congress not to repeal Obamacare.

In the interview, Trump also said he would cut tax rates for corporations down to 15 to 20 percent, but institute a 35 percent tax on businesses making goods overseas and selling them in the U.S. 

He also said a Mexican border wall and reducing illegal immigration are still top priorities.

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