Brits - including Jeremy Hunt - react to defend NHS after Donald Trump’s attack on UK's National Health Service

After tens of thousands of Brits descended on the capital to march through central London to Westminster to demand the NHS is protected from cuts and privatisation this weekend, the US President rounded on the march to attack Democrats fighting him for universal healthcare for Americans.

Donald Trump tweeted: “The Democrats are pushing for Universal HealthCare while thousands of people are marching in the UK because their U system is going broke and not working. Dems want to greatly raise taxes for really bad and non-personal medical care. No thanks!”

As part of a post-Brexit trade deal with the US, the NHS is set to be opened for more opportunities for privatisation and contracts for US healthcare giants.

Meanwhile in the US Republicans and Democrats have been fighting over Donald Trump’s repeal of elements of President Obama’s healthcare reforms that provided Americans with the right to free healthcare through subsidised insurance schemes.

Trump has been against universal healthcare though has not as yet been able to offer any credible alternative scheme.

Brits were quick to react to defend their universal health care system the NHS – one that has been under threat from growing privatisation under successive governments, as well as a restructuring under the Conservatives that has cost billions and left many NHS trusts chronically underfunded.

People in the UK are quite defensive about their National Health Service as Donald Trump found out:

Those keen to defend Britain’s free universal healthcare system included Jeremy Hunt – yes the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt:

– Though many were keen to point out that Hunt and his Conservative colleagues have been meeting with US private healthcare firms eyeing up the NHS for private contracts, – and some of which they have financial interests with.

@BenGelblum

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