Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump says the actual premium increases in 2017 under the Affordable Care Act will be ''60,70, or 80 percent'', instead of the 25 percent announced by the U.S. government, and then invites his employees in Doral, Florida to tell the country what they think of him. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday (Oct 25) said that the Obama administration's estimate that insurance premiums under Obamacare in 2017 will increase by about 25 percent was "totally wrong". Trump, speaking against a backdrop of his employees at a Trump golf course in Doral, Florida, said the estimate was a "phony number" and that he believes the actual premium increases in 2017 will be as much as "sixty, seventy, eighty percent", and even as much as 92 percent in one state, without giving further details. The U.S. government said on Monday that the average premium for benchmark 2017 Obamacare insurance plans sold on Healthcare.gov rose 25 percent compared with 2016, in the biggest increase since the insurance first went on sale in 2013 for the following year. Premium increases have become fodder for the presidential race, as Trump calls for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act if he is elected and his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton calls for expanding it.