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Trump says tax bill “essentially repealed Obamacare”

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5924 (Published 22 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5924
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

Donald Trump has claimed that the tax bill passed by the US Senate on 19 December had “essentially repealed” Barack Obama’s signature health law, the Affordable Care Act, and hinted that Republicans had been less than frank with the public about the bill’s healthcare provisions.

“I shouldn’t say this, but we essentially repealed Obamacare,” he said in a speech on the White House lawn celebrating the passage of his party’s tax overhaul. “Obamacare has been repealed in this bill. We didn’t want to bring it up. I told people specifically, ‘Be quiet with the fake news media because I don’t want them talking too much about it.’ Because I didn’t know how people would . . . but now that it’s approved, I can say.”

Shortly afterwards, he added, “We have essentially repealed Obamacare, and we’ll come up with …

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