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Valerie DeBenedette is managing editor of Drug Topics.
In his address to Congress, Trump hinted at what could be in the future for healthcare reform.
In his speech to Congress, President Donald J. Trump again called for the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and called for “reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time provide better health care.”
The country should lower the cost of health insurance because this is the way to make it available for everyone, he said. Health insurance premiums in Obamacare had doubled and tripled in price in some cases, he noted. Some counties in the United States have only one health insurer, which means that many people have no real choice in their health insurance.
The speech touched on three principles that should guide Congress in creating a better health-care system:
Trump also noted that yesterday was Rare Disease Day, and singled out Megan Crowley, a sophomore at Notre Dame University who has Pompe disease and whose father founded a company to look for a cure. He then called for cutting regulations imposed by the FDA that keep advances from moving forward. “If we slash the restraints, not just at the FDA but across our government, then we will be blessed with far more miracles just like Megan,” he said.
Trump’s remarks about health care came a little more than halfway through his hour-long speech.