Trump Now Says Healthcare Is Complicated -- He's Known It All Along

Trump then: "Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated." And Trump now: "You know, health care is a very complex subject. I’ve been saying that for a long time."
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Trump then: "Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated." And Trump now: "You know, health care is a very complex subject. I’ve been saying that for a long time."

One of the many reasons why Donald Trump has been such a disaster, and will continue to be a disaster, is because the only rules he follows are the whimsical, ignorant demands of his loyalists. In other words, Trump doesn't care about any boundaries on the presidency other than the boundaries established by his base -- and that's hardly being applied given how he seems to be routinely kicking his own voters in the face. Nevertheless, if it's okay with the screaming yokels with their matching hats and bigotry, then it's okay for Trump. Other rules, such as the rule of law and the strictures of the U.S. Constitution are irrelevant.

This allows Trump significant latitude, especially coupled with how timid the D.C. establishment is about holding him accountable. Just off the top of my head, it's abundantly clear that Trump is violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution in numerous ways by refusing to divest. He's also been deleting tweets, which is a violation of the Presidential Records Act. There's the thing about three million "illegals" voting for Hillary Clinton, which turned out to be nonsense. There's also the thing about President Obama wiretapping Trump Tower, another pile of hooey. Oh, and Russia. That's a major one. Treason is, um, big league. Plus, we can't forget all of the political and traditional rules of being president that he's trampled along the way. Suffice to say, Trump's operating with more latitude than any previous president, and he's taking full advantage.

Here's something he keeps doing, and very few if any supporters are calling bullshit on him. He keeps lying about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and healthcare in general.

Just a few weeks ago, for example, he said recently, "Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated." Anyone who's been to a doctor's office knows healthcare is unnecessarily and maddeningly complicated -- especially a cumbersome free market system like ours. To claim otherwise is utterly ludicrous. 

Nevertheless, Trump was asked by Fox News Channel's most punchable face, Jesse Watters, about whether he'll close the deal on repealing and replacing the ACA (Obamacare). 

Trump responded, "Well, I think it’s going to be never easy. You know, health care is a very complex subject. I’ve been saying that for a long time. Now people are agreeing with me. They understand."

Typical Trump. Typically false. He completely reversed his previous position, suggesting that he knew healthcare was complicated all along and that everyone else didn't know. But suddenly, now, he claims, everyone else is finally catching up to what he was aware of since the beginning -- which, in reality, he actually didn't know. And, no, he hasn't been "saying that for a long time." Again, three weeks ago he said nobody knew, including him. Seriously, is anyone in Trump's base paying attention?

Making matters worse, Trump continued to note that if he gave the Democrats a "Democrat [sic] bill," they'd all vote against it. Um, no. Give it a shot, Biff, you might be surprised. If he pulled a Nixon-to-China and proposed Medicare-For-All, it would entirely rewrite the healthcare debate. He won't, but that's not the point. He'd get a ton of votes from Democrats if he went there, but it's not going to happen.

The other thing that'll likely never happen is the "implosion" of the ACA. During the Watters interview, Trump repeated the same old lie that if Congress does nothing, Obamacare will disappear. 

Contrarily, the Congressional Budget Office reported last week that the current law will continue to hold steady, with insurance enrollees topping out at 28 million by 2026, ten years from now. Again, if Congress does nothing about the ACA, the number of Americans with insurance will rise by roughly another million over the next 10 years. Comparatively, if the ACA is repealed and replaced with the American Health Care Act, 52 million Americans will go without insurance by 2026. 

In case you're a Trump supporter, yes, 52 million is more than 28 million and therefore worse.

The ACA isn't perfect by any means, and the Democrats need to work on improving Obama's signature achievement. But it's not "imploding" like Trump keeps saying. Regardless, Trump's people keep letting him get away with it, and as long as they keep letting him exploit their blind allegiance and unforgivable stupidity, he'll keep lying.