President Trump butted psyches with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace early in Tuesday night’s debate over healthcare policy, stimulating the president to go after Wallace for attempting to join the debate rather than moderate it.
Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden, former vice president of the United Government, gratified on a debate stage in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday night for the first presidential debate of the 2020 campaign. Early in the night, Wallace struggled to get a question out over Trump’s plan for healthcare policy after Trump has heavily criticized the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, extended under former President obama and Biden.
“You promised to repeal and supersede Obamacare but you have never in these four years come up with a program, a comprehensive plan to replace Obamacare …, ” Wallace began before Trump interrupted.
“Of course I have. I get rid of the individual mandate, ” Trump said over Wallace as the moderator struggled to get his question out. “That is absolutely a big thing. That was the worst part of Obamacare.”
The two struggled to be heard over the tone of the other until Wallace, exasperated, finally said, “Mr. President, I am the moderator of this debate and I would like you to let me ask my question.”
“Go ahead, Chris, ” Trump responded.
Holy shit. Now Trump is trampling all over Chris Wallace. So far this has been a disaster. pic.twitter.com/ Il1NnrJe89
— Aaron Rupar (@ atrupar) September 30, 2020
Wallace then went on to question Trump over the president’s plan for healthcare.
“You, in the course of these four years, have never come up with a comprehensive plan to replace Obamacare, and simply this last-place Thursday, you signed a largely symbolic executive order to protect people with preexisting conditions five days before this debate, so my question is what is the Trump healthcare plan? ” Wallace asked.
Trump began his response by hitting Wallace, accusing him of being an active fighter in the presidential debate rather than an objective moderator.
“Well, first and foremost, I guess I’m debating you , not him. But that’s okay. Let me just tell you something, there’s nothing symbolic. I’m cutting drug costs, I’m going with favored nations, which no chairwoman has the mettle to do make you’re going against large-hearted pharma. Medicine rates will be coming down 80 or 90 percentage, ” Trump said.
President Trump has a back and forth with Chris Wallace 😛 TAGEND
“First of all, I guess I’m debating you , not him” pic.twitter.com/ DmMnjiT3Sh
— Daily Caller (@ DailyCaller) September 30, 2020
The executive order that Trump signed five days before the debate is a largely symbolic recount of specific actions his administration has taken on healthcare plan and a stated recommitment to an schedule of “restoring choice and control to the American patient, ” “lower costs to induce healthcare more affordable for American patients, ” and “providing better care for all Americans.”
The order also repeats Trump’s stated commitment to providing healthcare for people with preexisting conditions.
“It has been and will continue to be the policy of the United Commonwealth to give Americans seeking healthcare more choice, lower costs, and better care and to ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions can obtain the insurance of their choice at affordable rates, ” the ordering says.
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