Trump and Clinton clash over Obamacare in second presidential debate

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 10 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5495
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. New York

The US presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump revealed their conflicting stances over the future of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law in the second presidential debate held at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, on Sunday 9 October.

The Democrats’ candidate, Clinton, vowed to fix the Affordable Care Act, while the Republican, Trump, promised to repeal and replace Obamacare with something much less expensive.

The two nominees squared off over healthcare in response to a question from a member of the public. In a town hall style event, Ken Karpowicz said, “The Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare—it is not affordable. Premiums have gone up, deductibles have gone up, copays [copayments] have gone up, prescriptions have …

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