Donald Trump’s interview with ABC’s This Week on Sunday was…weird. Apparently the racist billionaire-turned-presidential-candidate both does and doesn’t want to replace Obamacare.
His telephone interview below, with host George Stephanopoulos, shows the republican front-runner both promising a repeal of Obamacare and stating that he also wants all Americans to be covered by health insurance, which he insists is “not single-payer.” When asked how he plans to accomplish this, Trump simply stated, “We’ll work something out.”
In case you are still confused about Trump’s plan, I have reproduced his reply to Stephanopoulos’s question below, following the accusation by Ted Cruz that he wants to replace Obamacare with a single-payer health system:
‘Ted Cruz is a total liar. I am so against Obamacare. I’ve been saying it for two years in my speeches. I’m going to repeal and replace Obamacare. I don’t know even where he gets this. But he’s a liar…’
‘I want people taken care of, I have a heart. If people have no money, we have to help people, but that doesn’t mean single payer. It means we have to help people…’
‘We’re going to work with our hospitals. We’re going to work with our doctors. We’ve got to do something. You can’t have a small percentage of our economy — because they’re down and out — have absolutely no protection so they end up dying.’
‘We’ll work something out. That doesn’t mean single payer.’
Trying to break down, word for word, what Trump is actually trying to say here is giving me a serious headache, but I’m going to give it a shot.
Trump is “against” Obamacare. Obamacarefacts.com states that the program “expands the affordability, quality, and availability of private and public health insurance through consumer protections, regulations, subsidies, taxes, insurance exchanges, and other reforms.” He will repeal it right away when he takes office.
However, he will find a way for the federal government, where his authority will ultimately be placed in a limited capacity if he is elected, to grant health insurance coverage to all Americans who can not afford it. Of course, the simplest option of accomplishing this after repealing the Affordable Care Act–as far as the authority of the federal government is concerned–is to propose some kind of a single-payer health-system, which essentially guarantees that “people with no money” will be “covered” if an inability to pay for their services would otherwise kill them.
But his proposal, he claims, is not “single-payer,” so it follows that the candidate should probably give some explanation as to what he’s really trying to do.
But in typical Trumpian fashion, the republican front-runner simply says that he will “work something out.” No explanations as to what exactly he’s going to talk to “hospitals and doctors” about, only a vague reassurance that he will “work it out.”
What this reveals, to me at least, is that Donald Trump doesn’t have the slightest idea of what his responsibilities as President will actually entail if, for whatever terrifying reason, he actually gets elected by the American people. Or am I missing something?