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Trump plans to dump Obamacare

Published:Wednesday | November 2, 2016 | 11:00 AM
Donald Trump

WASHINGTON (AP):

The republican nominee for the presidency of the Unites States, Donald Trump has said that if he becomes president, he would immediately convene a special session of Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, known widely as Obamacare.

Trump delivered what his campaign billed as a major speech yesterday about President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. He spoke in the Philadelphia suburbs, which are crucial to his hopes of winning Democratic-leaning Pennsylvania.

Trump said Obamacare was "a catastrophe" and has to be replaced "very, very quickly".

He said if it isn't replaced, "we will destroy American health care forever".

Trump left the detailed criticisms of the programme to Mike Pence, his running mate. Pence delivered a lengthy takedown of the health law, highlighting the news that the cost of its premiums are rising.

Meanwhile, Trump's campaign will resume broadcast ads in Michigan and begin advertising in New Mexico as he tries to capture Democratic-leaning states.

Trump's campaign is expressing new confidence in the final week of the campaign, thanks to the renewed focus on rival Hillary Clinton's email practices.

The campaign said it will spend $25 million on ads in the final seven days of the campaign in Michigan, New Mexico and 11 other states.

Trump spent about US$500,000 on Michigan ads at the end of August and the beginning of September.

Michigan hasn't voted for a Republican since 1988. New Mexico voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Trump needs to capture some traditionally Democratic strongholds, but surveys suggest that will be difficult.