This past Sunday GOP frontrunner Donald Trump appeared on CBS’ 60 Minutes for a one-on-one interview with Scott Pelley about the state of the race and to discuss Trump’s specific positions on certain issues. The most enlightening moment came when the discussion turned to healthcare and Trump had the opportunity to excoriate Obamacare (rightly).
“Obamacare’s going to be repealed and replaced. Obamacare is a disaster if you look at what’s going on with premiums where they’re up 40, 50, 55 percent,” Trump told Pelley.
However, instead of then arguing that we should repeal Obamacare and return our nation to a free market based healthcare alternative, Trump actually said that he believed Obamacare wasn’t socialist enough and that the government had to completely take over the healthcare industry!
Donald Trump: “Everybody’s got to be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say because a lot of times they say, ‘No, no, the lower 25 percent that can’t afford private.’ But…”
Scott Pelley: “Universal Healthcare?”
Donald Trump: “I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.”
Scott Pelley: “But who’s going to pay for it?”
Donald Trump: “The government’s gonna pay for it. But we’re going to save so much money on the other side!”
Do any of you understand what you are seeing here? Do you understand what you are hearing and reading? Donald Trump is arguing for full-blown socialist healthcare on the order of something that President Obama never even dared to consider. In fact, Trump’s healthcare plan sounds awfully similar to Bernie Sanders’ healthcare plan.
Trump might not realize this, and Democrats might not realize this, but when “the government pays” for something they don’t actually pay for anything. WE PAY FOR IT. The US taxpayer pays for it. There is no such thing as the government paying for anything. Ever.
One last thing, if you are planning to vote for Donald Trump but you ranted and raved against Obamacare while that monstrosity was being debated, then you owe the President and the Democrat Party an apology.
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