By Jonathan Chait November 17, 2017″What we need is to start building our health care system with the knowledge that it’s not all about the drugs and that there are lots of other factors, and we can do a lot better in that regard.”– Dr. John F. Kennedy, former President, American College of Physicians.
The president said in the clip that he believes health care should be about the patient, not just the doctor.
Kennedy’s comments were part of an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that featured President Trump, who has vowed to repeal Obamacare and take on Wall Street.
In the interview, Trump also called for a new federal health care program for low-income Americans.
The Affordable Care Act has allowed millions of Americans to access insurance coverage, including for health care, since 2010.
But that law has also been under assault by Democrats in Congress, who say it does not cover all Americans equally.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the ACA would leave more than 15 million more Americans uninsured.
Kennes reaction is an important first step, said Robert Wood, president of the American Medical Association, which opposes the ACA.
He said Kennedy is setting a “road map” for what it will take to repeal the law.
“He’s not saying, ‘Hey, you’ve got to take everything from me,'” Wood said.
“He’s saying, you have to be very, very cautious.”
Kennedy said it’s crucial to address the underlying issues that cause health care costs to be so high.
“You’re not going to solve the problem of cost of living by simply saying, we’ve got a $50 billion-a-year drug price problem,” Kennedy said.
“If we were going to make the case that this is a very serious problem, we would have to go through some of these economic forces that are actually at play.”
The president was speaking about a wide range of health care issues, including rising prescription drug costs and the rising cost of hospitalization.
But he also noted that he is confident in the ability of the medical profession to lower costs.
“The fact is that I have great confidence in the medical community, the medical experts, and I’ve been doing this my whole life,” he said.
The White House has not yet responded to a request for comment from The Associated Press on Kennedy’s remarks.
Kennings interview comes just a day after he was asked about President Donald Trump’s comments about a drug price increase that is costing American families thousands of dollars per year.
In a speech on Nov. 9, Trump said he doesn’t think Americans should have to pay higher prices for drugs that cost millions of dollars.
“I don’t think it’s fair,” Kennedy replied.
“I think it would be great if the drugs were cheap.
But I don’t see how you can get that.
If you don’t have that, you’re going to have a huge problem.”