5th GOP debate addresses healthcare for 30 seconds

Republican candidates in Tuesday night's Las Vegas debate, which focused on foreign policy and national security, made mention of healthcare a couple times.

Here are the comments to know about healthcare and spending from the fifth and last Republican presidential debate of 2015.

1. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush linked opioid addiction to immigration issues. "Clearly, we need to secure the border. Coming here legally needs to be a lot easier than coming here illegally," he said. "If you don't have that, you don't have the rule of law. We now have a national security consideration, public health issues, we have an epidemic of heroin overdoses in all places in this country because of the ease of bringing heroin in. We have to secure the border."

2. Businessman and TV personality Donald Trump said U.S. healthcare doesn't win. "Our country doesn't win anymore. We don't win on trade. We don't win on the military. We can't defeat ISIS. We're not taking care of our great people, the veterans. We're not taking care of them," Mr. Trump said. "We have to change our whole way, our healthcare system is a disaster. It's going to implode in 2017, just like you're sitting there. It doesn't work. Nothing works in our country."

3. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he's willing to limit all spending. "The greatest threat to our national security is our debt. We borrow a million dollars a minute. And whose fault is it? Well, frankly, it's both parties' fault. You have those on the right who clamor and say, oh, we will spend anything on the military, and those on the left who say the same for domestic welfare," Sen. Paul said.

"But what most Americans don't realize is there is an unholy alliance. They come together. There's a secret handshake. We spend more money on everything. And we are not stronger nation if we go further into debt. We are not projecting power from bankruptcy court," he added. "To me, there is no greater threat than our debt. I'm the only fiscal conservative on the stage because I'm willing to hold the line on all spending."

 

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