Trump on Healthcare: “I Like the Mandate”



Update at the end

Donald Trump’s plan for replacing Obamacare isn’t specific but he did say last night that he “likes the mandate”.  He says he will cover everyone, expand Medicare, erase the lines for selling healthcare insurance, will have private insurance and health savings accounts. He has repeatedly said it is not Single Payer but calls it universal healthcare.

Last night at the MSNBC Telemundo town hall, Trump said people are dying in the streets. Democrats made those claims when they were trying to get Obamacare passed, but no one is dying in the streets because they don’t have healthcare. There is no evidence of that. There are homeless people not seeking help but it’s the liberals who want homeless in the streets if that’s what they want. People in Chicago are dying int he streets but it has nothing to do with healthcare.

Trump said he likes the “mandate”. It’s not possible to repeal Obamacare and keep the mandate. The mandate is Obamacare. Without the mandate, there is no Obamacare. It was the mandate that Justice Roberts violated the Constitution for so he could keep Obamacare in place.

This is the soundbite:

Without the mandate, insurance companies won’t provide the coverage some want, such as coverage for pre-existing conditions.

It seems like Donald Trump doesn’t understand the definition of the mandate. Is he reinterpreting it as a simple mandate to insure everyone?

Even now, Obamacare has 29 million without insurance. Obamacare is expensive – unaffordable – and it doesn’t do what it was supposed to do.

A total of 86% of healthcare enrollees are subsidized according to the White House and that is because Obamacare is a health welfare program. Most of the new enrollees to the program are there because of the Medicare expansion which we could have done without allowing the government to take over the healthcare industry.

We could have just expanded Medicare.

Donald Trump has some good ideas about healthcare but he needs to be more explicit about the mandate and provide more details on what healthcare will look like under a Trump presidency. If it’s universal healthcare with a mandate, we’re talking statism of the worst order.




Less than 24 hours after this interview, Donald Trump has walked it back. Tell me what? What will he replace it with?

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