Donald Trump railed against the “crazy” soaring cost of Obamacare as well as “shocking revelations” in a new round of hacked emails that appear to show Hillary Clinton’s aides deeply troubled over the questions of when President Obama learned about her private email server.
“The rates are going through the sky,” Trump told a crowd at a rally in Sanford, Fla., yesterday about Obamacare. “We all knew that. I knew it before it was passed. I’ve been saying it for a long time.”
The GOP nominee is hoping the projected average Obamacare premium hikes for some health plans of 25 percent next year — a major blow for the president’s signature legislative achievement — will rally Republicans and stop his slide in major polls with less than two weeks to go.
Trump sought to tie Clinton to the higher health costs, charging she’d just be another four years of the Obama status quo.
“I’m going to repeal it and replace it. She’s going to expand it and it’s going to get more and more expensive,” Trump said. “And it’s no good anyway. … You’re never going to be able to use it, folks.”
He also called the Affordable Care Act an “unaffordable disaster” and predicted that lack of competition among health plans will spike costs by as much as 80 to 100 percent in some areas.
The health-plan cost surge is the unusual cut of red meat that unites both Trump and moderate Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, who also wants a repeal and said yesterday that Obamacare was “blowing up” like a Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
Clinton’s campaign yesterday said that the Democratic nominee would “fix what’s broken” about Obamacare and that Trump would “throw 20 million people off their coverage.”
Trump also went after yet another round of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s hacked emails released by WikiLeaks that appear to show alarmed staffers reacting to President Obama’s comments about the former secretary of state’s private server.
In a March 2015 interview, Obama told CBS News he learned of Clinton’s private server at “the same time everybody else learned it through news reports.”
A Buzzfeed reporter tweeted skepticism about the response at the time, which led Clinton aides to address Obama’s comments via email.
“We need to clean this up — he has emails from her — they do not say state.gov,” wrote top Clinton aide Cheryl Mills.
That exchange seemed to suggest Obama knew about Clinton’s private email address and, therefore, the server itself.
A few days later, the White House “clarified” Obama’s original statement, saying that although the president was indeed aware of her email address, he didn’t know of the arrangement with the server or how Clinton would comply with federal records laws.
“This guy — he’s as bad as she is,” Trump said of the president. “He’s caught up now, folks. We have to investigate the investigation.”
Trump, meanwhile, continues to pioneer what could emerge as “Trump TV” after the election. His surrogates are creating newscast-formatted content on Facebook Live each night featuring interviews with the New York real estate mogul’s supporters and allies.
Trump is said to be mulling the possibility of a 24-hour news network, rivaling Fox News Channel, that would appeal directly to an audience interested in his unique brand of politics.
Meanwhile, Clinton got a boost yesterday from former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who said he will be voting for her next month.
Powell, whose own emails had been hacked, didn’t always have nice things to say about her.
“Everything HRC touches she kind of screws up with hubris,” Powell wrote in one email.
“For good reason she comes across sleazy,” he wrote in another.
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