In a recent and lengthy New York Times interview, Donald Trump willfully demonstrated his outright ignorance on the topic of health care.
TRUMP: But what it does, Maggie, it means it gets tougher and tougher. As they get something, it gets tougher. Because politically, you can’t give it away. So pre-existing conditions are a tough deal. Because you are basically saying from the moment the insurance, you’re 21 years old, you start working and you’re paying $12 a year for insurance, and by the time you’re 70, you get a nice plan. Here’s something where you walk up and say, “I want my insurance.” It’s a very tough deal, but it is something that we’re doing a good job of.
Wow, $12 a year? Holy crap, that’s the best premium EVER.
If any health care plan – even the very worst plan on the planet – cost only $12 a year, then government-provided insurance for all would cost a mere $4 billion annually – about 1.5 the price of Trump’s famed border-wall and barely, or 0.22% of GDP.
But if you are blissfully optimistic enough to think for a moment that Trump is advocating for government health care, think again. Rather, it seems that Trump literally has no idea what in God’s name he is talking about. He does not know how health insurance works, having been rich enough since birth to never have to know.
Instead, he is morphing together the moniker of health insurance with a rather basic tenet of life insurance; wherein the idea of paying a small annual premium (still nowhere near $12) up until a given age, at which point you have the insurance policy free and clear.
While health care policy is of course unnervingly complicated, the topic itself being a major source of debate for decades now between Republicans and Democrats should undoubtedly have placed it on the top of the freshman president’s “things to know about” list prior to running for office.
Health care was not the only topic of which Trump demonstrated immense ineptitude, but it certainly was perhaps the most timely what with the current “Trumpcare” debate still raging on an hourly basis. In reviewing the interview’s transcript, not only are these shortcomings undeniable, but equally astounding are his implausible measures to bluff through and deflect from his own lack of knowledge.Click here for reuse options!
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