For the second time in two days, President Trump has praised the kind of health care he has been working against since he began his presidential campaign.
First, on Thursday evening during a press conference with the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, Trump said about the American Health Care Act, which passed in the House of Representatives earlier that day:
‘It’s going to be fantastic health care. I shouldn’t say this to our great gentleman and my friend from Australia because you have better health care than we do.’
Australia has universal health care, basically the complete opposite of the American Health Care Act.
The irony in President Trump’s comments wasn’t lost on anyone, including former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper following the conference, Sanders said:
‘Well Mr President, you’re right, in Australia and every other major country on Earth they guarantee health care to all people. They don’t throw 24 million people off health insurance. So maybe when we get to the Senate we should start off with looking at the Australian health care system.’
Trump doubled down on his health care claims on Friday afternoon, saying that “everybody” has better health care than the United States.
‘Of course the Australians have better healthcare than we do — everybody does. ObamaCare is dead! But our healthcare will soon be great.’
Of course the Australians have better healthcare than we do –everybody does. ObamaCare is dead! But our healthcare will soon be great.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2017
In terms of accessibility and affordability, practically everybody does have better health care than the United States. However, assuming that taking insurance away from millions of people is the way to improve the health care situation in the U.S., the way Trump and much of the GOP has done, is downright laughable.
Plenty of the President’s Twitter followers were quick to point out how ridiculous this latest statement was. The majority of the comments on this tweet were creative ways of informing Trump that Australia has universal health care:
THEY HAVE GOVERNMENT FUNDED UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE pic.twitter.com/z1OX0e0Mf7
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) May 5, 2017
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) May 5, 2017
Australia and other countries have better healthcare than us because everybody is covered. Here you are pulling people off.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) May 5, 2017
In February, President Trump stunned the nation when he declared that “nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” We all knew he was confused about how things worked, but, between yesterday and today, he proved just how little he really knows.
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