Trump does a 180 on Obamacare mandate in less than 24 hours

Trump does a 180 on Obamacare mandate in less than 24 hours
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Donald Trump on Friday rushed to assure Republican voters he would repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate, less than 24 hours after saying he likes the requirement to have health insurance.

“I will repeal all of #Obamacare, including the mandate, period,” Trump tweeted on Friday.

But at a Thursday town hall in South Carolina, Trump told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper that he “liked” the mandate, which is one of the least popular parts of President Obama’s 2010 healthcare law.

“Well I like the mandate,” Trump told Cooper. “Okay, so here’s where I’m a little bit different. I don’t want people dying on the streets and I say this all the time … every time I talk about this I get standing ovations. The Republican people, they’re wonderful people. They don’t want people dying on the streets.”

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