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Obama says Trump has 'not even a hint of a plan' on health care

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President Barack Obama on Thursday mocked Donald Trump's call to repeal Obamacare, dismissing the Republican nominee's stance on the president's signature healthcare law as stubborn obstruction and claiming Trump has "not even a hint of a plan" of what to do afterward.

Campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Miami, Obama lit into Republicans, accusing them of fostering needless gridlock in Washington, as he did Wednesday in North Carolina. On Thursday, he went on a riff about Obamacare, hitting congressional Republicans for repeatedly voting to repeal the 2010 law and then poked at Trump, who at a recent press conference called for a special session of Congress to "repeal and replace" it amid premium increases.

"You watch the press conference and what you realize is they got no plan," Obama said, not hiding the disdain in his voice. "They want to repeal because ideologically they're opposed to the idea of helping these 20 million people get health insurance. It's not like, they don't even have a pretense of a plan. They don't even have a semblance of a plan. There's not even a hint of a plan. Not even a moat. Not even a -- there's no plan. Nothing, zero, nada."

"Come on," he went on, his voice rising. "You can't just be against something. You've got to be for something."

Obama acknowledged the recent criticism surrounding the law as premiums rise. But in line with the increasingly partisan tone he has been taking on the campaign trail, he again blamed Republicans again for the problem.

"We're going to work as hard as we can to do something about it," the president said. "We would have already done it if the Republicans had helped. But keep in mind their alternative would have been no health insurance. That's what they had before."