Donald Trump vows to repeal Obamacare, promising Americans 'can choose your doctor again' at RNC

At the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump called The Affordable Care Act disastrous, promised to replace the law and said he would take better care of military veterans. 
By Tom Sullivan
10:04 AM
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During the speech in which he officially accepted the Republican party’s nomination as its candidate for President, Donald Trump foretold reforms he would enact if elected, healthcare among them.

"We will repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare," Trump said. "You will be able to choose your own doctor again."

Trump also made the promise to “take care of our great veterans like they have never been taken care of before.”

Several Republicans, in fact, said during the convention that Trump would fix the ongoing healthcare troubles at the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

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"With Donald Trump’s leadership," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday night, "no bureaucrat will get between a veteran and their doctor."

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker echoed the need to provide veterans with the "healthcare and respect they've earned" upon returning home.

"Liberal Washington insiders created our problems and Hillary Clinton is the ultimate liberal Washington insider," Walker added. "We can’t wait four more years to 'get ‘em next time.'"

RNC chair Reince Preibus on Thursday night, meanwhile, said that presumptive Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton would only cause more debt and more Obamacare.

Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel also touched on the financial ramifications of healthcare during his time on stage Thrusday night.

"Americans get paid less today than ten years ago," Thiel said. "But healthcare and college tuition cost more every year."

Even Texas Senator and former presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who got booed on Wednesday, said that a free America includes “the freedom to choose your own doctor without Obamacare.”

In addition to healthcare, Trump also promised to reform the tax code, immigration, address violent crime, boost the economy and create new jobs, as well as overhauling foreign policy and international trade, among others.

"It is finally time for straightforward assessment of the state of our nation," said Trump. "We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore. The time for action has come." 

Related coverage of the RNC: 

Paul Ryan calls Obamacare a shady power play, Ben Carson says Hillary Clinton has 'Lucifer' as role model at RNC 

Donald Trump's Vice President pick Mike Pence voted against the ACA then expanded Medicaid in Indiana 

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