Weekly Address 3/10/17: Trump Attacks Obamacare Despite Major Trumpcare Opposition

In his latest Weekly Address, President Donald Trump starts off by talking about Women’s History Month, even though the 45th President has a history of making sexist comments.

Trump quickly transitions into talking about health care, a much-talked about issue right now since Republicans in Congress have presented a plan that’s supported by the President.

Trump spends much of this video attacking the Affordable Care Act, nicknamed Obamacare, that was signed into law by former President Barack Obama. Incidentally, the ACA is at its highest approval ever, with RealClearPolitics’ average at 48.5% in favor and 44% disapproval.

It’s ironic that Trump is using this video to trash Obamacare (which, as the President, he should be calling by its proper name, the Affordable Care Act, especially after reports say he doesn’t like that people are calling his own plan Trumpcare) since the current Republican plan isn’t getting the best reception. Doctors and medical groups across the country are opposing the plan, and even some members of Congress, like Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), have come out against it.

Watch Trump’s latest Weekly Address (3/10/17) below:

Here is the transcript of the Weekly Address if you only want to read it or to follow along as you’re watching the video:

“My fellow Americans,


“In March, we celebrate Women’s History Month, honoring the countless contributions that women leaders, scientists and entrepreneurs have made throughout American history.


“We are a greater, stronger and more just nation today because of women like Clara Barton, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman and so many others. We honor them and we recommit ourselves to a better future for every woman in America today.


“On my 50th day in office, I want to talk about an issue of paramount importance to families across our nation: health care.


“Seven years ago this month, Obamacare was signed into law over the profound objections of American people. Our citizens were told they’d have to pass Obamacare to find out what it was and how bad it was. Now we know that the hundreds of pages were full of broken promises.


“Americans were promised that Obamacare would bring premiums down $2,500 for a typical family. Instead, they’ve gone up by more than $4,000.


“Americans were promised that Obamacare would increase competition and provide them with more choices. Instead, the number of plans to choose from has plummeted–and I mean plummeted. This year, Americans in nearly one-third of all counties have only one insurer to choose from on the exchanges–or, in effect, no real choice at all.


“Americans were promised that if they liked their health insurance and their doctors, they could keep them. Instead, millions of Americans lost the insurance and lost the doctor that they liked and were thrust into a cold new reality of higher costs and less coverage.


“Through seven long years of botched roll-outs, soaring costs, cancelled plans and bureaucratic mandates, Americans have called out for relief. And relief is what we are determined to give them.


“I want every American to know that action on Obamacare is an urgent necessity. The law is collapsing around us, and if we do not act to save Americans from this wreckage, it will take our health care system all the way down with it. If we do nothing, millions more innocent Americans will be hurt–and badly hurt. That’s why we must repeal and replace Obamacare.


“House Republicans have put forward a plan that gets rid of this terrible law and replaces it with reforms that empower states and consumers. You will have the choice and the freedom to make the decisions that are right for your family.


“The House plan follows the guidelines I laid out in my recent address to Congress: expanding choice, lowering costs and providing health care access for all.


“This plan is part of a three-pronged reform process. In concert with the plan in front of Congress, I have directed Dr. Tom Price, our Secretary of Health and Human Services, to use his authority to reduce regulations that are driving up costs of care.


“We are also working on reforms that lower the costs of care, like allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines. You’ve heard me say that many, many times during the debates.


“I encourage Democrats to work with us to improve the health care system for the American people. Also, we will be driving down the costs.


“We will deliver relief to American workers, families and small businesses, who right now are being crushed by Obamacare, by increasing freedom, choice and opportunity for the American people.


“Thank you very much.”

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