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Clinton, Trump spar over health care policy

HillaryClinton and Donald Trump sparred over health care policy Oct. 9, during the secondof three U.S. presidential debates.

In responseto an audience question about lowering the cost of health care, Democratic nomineeClinton said she would fix what is "broken" about the Affordable CareAct rather than repeal it as manyRepublicans, including Trump, have pushed to do.

Clintonacknowledged that "premiums have gotten too high — co-pays, deductibles, prescriptioncosts." But she touted aspects of the ACA, including the fact that insurancecompanies cannot deny coverage because of a pre-existing condition.

"Ifwe just rip it up and throw it away, what Donald is not telling you is, we justturn it back to the insurance companies the way it used to be," Clinton said.

Republicannominee Trump responded by calling the ACA "a disaster" and reiteratinghis call to "repeal it, and replace it with something absolutely much lessexpensive, and something that works."

Trumpcalled for getting rid of "artificial" boundaries that block people frombuying insurance across state lines. He said these boundaries prevent competitionand create monopolies for insurance companies.

Trumpalso reiterated his intention to block-grant Medicaid to states; he said this approachwould allow those with pre-existing conditions to maintain their coverage.

"You'regoing to have plans that are so good — because we are going to have so much competitionin the insurance industry, once we break out the lines and allow the competitionto come," Trump said.