Last weekend, GOP presidential candidate Ron DeSantis revealed that if elected president, he would introduce legislation to Congress superseding the Affordable Care Act, the New York Times reported.
While appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on December 3, the Florida Republican said Congress needs a plan for legislation that would supersede Obamacare while ensuring those with pre-existing conditions remain covered.
DeSantis noted that the repeal and replacement of Obamacare was one of the broken promises Donald Trump made when he campaigned for president in 2016.
The Florida Governor said a DeSantis administration would “look at the big institutions” like insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and the federal government, which he said have all made healthcare so expensive. However, he added that there must be a “reform package” in Congress as well.
DeSantis noted that the lower premiums promised with Obamacare never happened and said the country will have to “go in a different direction,” and the only way to accomplish that is to supersede the Affordable Care Act.
Governor DeSantis listed two specific policies he planned to address as president. He said he would make healthcare costs publicly available to consumers so they could compare prices while lowering insurance premiums for those who want lower-cost providers.
DeSantis added that keeping coverage for pre-existing conditions is one component of Obamacare that everyone could agree on.
DeSantis said he would work to provide more transparency, consumer choices, and affordable options while cutting red tape.
For the over 40 million Americans currently covered by Obamacare, DeSantis said his healthcare plan would offer them “different and better” coverage, but under his plan, they will still be covered.
The Republican candidate said he planned to have a full proposal released by the spring.
Last week, Donald Trump rehashed his 2016 promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, saying on Truth Social that he was “looking at alternatives” to replace Obamacare with a better healthcare plan.