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President-elect Donald Trump wants health insurance for everybody

President-elect Donald Trump wants health “insurance for everybody,” no small feat in a country where millions are uninsured.

The Republican has long lashed out at President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, campaigning on a pledge to repeal and replace it. But the billionaire developer had never said precisely with what.

Now, however, he told the Washington Post by phone late Saturday that he wants “insurance for everybody” while requiring drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in Medicare and Medicaid, the government plans mostly for the elderly and low-income Americans, respectively.

“They’re politically protected. But not anymore,” Trump was quoted as saying of big pharmaceutical companies. The White House touts the ACA — nicknamed Obamacare — as a success, saying more than 20 million Americans have gained health insurance through the law.

The Affordable Care Act forbids insurance companies from denying health care due to pre-existing conditions, abolishes lifetime caps on care, and allows children to stay on their parents’ plans until age 26, three provisions that have proved popular nationwide.

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