A voter shut down Donald Trump during a session in the town hall. She asked him to stop as he interrupted her even before she could finish her question.
The voter was Ellesia Blaque, an assistant professor from Philadelphia. She had voted for Hilary Clinton in the 2016 elections.
At the town hall, Blaque said she was born with a disease called sarcoidosis and started asking whether Trump would make sure she would remain covered by health insurance as she has been under the Affordable Care Act, the law also known as Obamacare.
She said: “Should preexisting conditions, which Obamacare brought to fruition, be removed without–“
“No,” Trump said.
“Please stop and let me finish my question, sir,” Blaque replied.
Blaque continued: “Should that be removed, within a 36- to 72-hour period without my medication I would be dead. And I want to know what it is that you’re going to do to assure that people like me that work hard, we do everything were supposed to do, can stay insured.
“It’s not my fault that I was born with this disease. It’s not my fault that I’m a Black woman and in the medical community I’m minimised and not taken seriously. I want to know what you are going to do about that.”
The President responded: “So first of all, you are taken seriously. I hope you are. And we are not going to hurt anything having to do with preexisting conditions. We’re not going to hurt preexisting conditions. And, in fact, just the opposite.”
Trump went on to say that he was working to replace Obamacare with his own unspecified healthcare plan and that people with preexisting conditions would be covered.
Obamacare was the first US government program to ensure that people with preexisting medical conditions could receive health insurance and pay the same standard premiums as healthy people.
The Trump administration has been challenging Obamacare in the courts. In June, it asked the Supreme Court to invalidate the plan.
The Republican Party has tried to pass its own health-insurance program via Congress but has been unsuccessful.
The Trump administration has also offered alternative plans to Obamacare, but one of those major alternatives doesn’t cover pre existing conditions.