In January, here’s what Donald Trump said when asked about his replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act:
“We’re going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.”
But now, just two months later, we see another promise Trump has broken and another lie he told the entire country.
Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) weighed in with their assessment of the American Health Care Act and predicted that under Trumpcare, some 24 million people would lose their insurance.
And on Sunday, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney confirmed what we had long suspected: Everyone will NOT have insurance under the GOP plan, commenting:
“We don’t have universal ― the only way to have universal care, if you stop to think about it, is to force people to buy it under penalty of law.”
No, that’s not the only way, Mick. You could also have single-payer coverage that everyone would get free of charge or with greatly reduced premiums, much like you find in Canada.
Mulvaney also remarked that Obamacare is unfair to those who don’t want to purchase health insurance:
“What you’ve got now is we’re forcing people to buy it under Obamacare under penalty of law and people are still looking for a way not to buy it. So clearly the government mandate doesn’t work. The better process, the better function is exactly what we’re trying to do now, which is to encourage people and enable them to buy a policy they want and can afford.”
That’s also a lie. Does it sound more affordable when a 64-year-old person who makes $26,500 could face an increase in his or her premiums from $1,700 now to $14,600 under the GOP bill? Over half of their income would then have to go to pay insurance premiums. Are they supposed to forego paying their electric bill or only eat one meal a day? Or are they supposed to just suck it up and watch while millionaires and billionaires get massive tax cuts they don’t need under the Trumpcare model?
While he was on a streak of fabrications, Mulvaney also tossed out this one:
“The only way to get truly universal care is to throw people in jail if they don’t have it. And we are not going to do that.”
Wouldn’t it just be easier to throw the people in jail who lied when they sold this lemon to the American people?
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org