After the American Health Care Act was pulled yesterday due to a lack of support, President Trump responded by blaming Democrats and saying that he is content to “let ObamaCare explode.”
‘We were very close, and it was a very, very tight margin. We had no Democrat support. We had no votes from the Democrats. They weren’t going to give us a single vote, so it’s a very difficult thing to do.’
‘I’ve been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode. It is exploding right now.’
Trump made many more claims in his response to the bill’s failure and, unfortunately for him, The New York Times decided to fact check them. Not surprisingly, many of the President’s statements turned out to be false, misleading, or exaggerated. Some of the highlights from the fact check are discussed below.
First, the fact checkers at The Times were able to quickly refute the President’s argument that he never said the Affordable Care Act would be repealed quickly.
‘And I never said — I guess I’m here, what, 64 days? I never said repeal and replace Obamacare. You’ve all heard my speeches. I never said repeal it and replace it within 64 days. I have a long time.’
Trump was correct when he said that we’ve all heard his speeches, and because we’ve all heard them, we know that he promised to repeal and replace the ACA within his first 100 days in office.
We’ve also seen his tweets, in which he’s promised the same thing:
We will immediately repeal and replace ObamaCare – and nobody can do that like me. We will save $'s and have much better healthcare!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2016
While the claim that he never promised to repeal and replace the ACA is the only blatantly false claim the President made, he made several more misleading and exaggerated ones that deserve to be highlighted.
For example, Trump claimed that it is the fault of congressional Democrats that the bill didn’t pass. While Democrats did resist the bill from day one, their support was not necessary. Republicans control both the House and the Senate, meaning it is members of Trump’s own party who stopped the AHCA from passing.
The President also exaggerated when he spoke about massive increases in insurance premiums. According to Trump:
‘Last year you had over 100 percent increases in various places.’
In reality, though, only one state — Arizona — saw the kind of increase Trump is describing. Arizona’s premiums increased by 116 percent, and the state with the second highest increases — Oklahoma — saw premiums go up by 69 percent. On average, premiums for the benchmark plan increased by 22 percent, an increase that is significant, but not over 100 percent as the President claimed.
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