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Donald Trump, Jr: You can’t slap a bandage on Obamacare hikes in Arizona

PHOENIX — The son of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said politicians cannot simply gloss over the massive health care premium hike facing Americans under Obamacare.

“Trying to bandage it and pretend it’s not a problem — we keep seeing the lies,” Donald Trump, Jr. told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Thursday.

In Arizona, unsubsidized premiums for a hypothetical 27-year-old buying a benchmark “second-lowest cost silver plan” will jump by 116 percent, from $196 to $422, according to a report from the Obama administration released earlier this week.

“The 116 percent increase doesn’t even take into account your deductibles,” Trump said, adding that some people may opt to pay the penalty for not having health care because the deductible alone makes treatment too costly.

“Some of these people with the silver and the bronze plans have to be hit by a bus just to be able to get any kind of coverage because their deductible starts at $10,000,” he said. “If that’s a lot for me, that’s a lot for the average American.”

Trump Jr. said mounting health care costs — something he’s experienced after seeking care for his five children — are just another example of political promises gone awry.

“That’s typical politicians, right? They make you promises. ‘You can keep your doctor’ — lies,” he said. “‘You can keep your health care, it’s going to be affordable, it’s not going to go up.'”

Trump Jr. also said his father has always been unafraid to address issues — including health care — head-on.

“My father is actually the only one having an honest conversation with what’s really going on and I think it’s resonating,” he said.

The Republican presidential nominee has made numerous promises to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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