Trump’s (rumored) support for Bernie Sanders’s favorite health care policy, explained.
Donald Trump, pondering the problems with the American health care system, reportedly remarked to his aides at some point over the past two years: “Why can’t Medicare simply cover everybody?”
This would be maybe the biggest policy bombshell in Michael Wolff’s explosive new book, Fire and Fury — if we can believe it.
But the thing is, even though Trump would eventually oversee and endorse health care plans put forward by Republicans that would have led to tens of millions fewer people having health insurance, it is actually pretty easy to believe that he would be open to a universal, even government-funded program like Medicare-for-all.
It reminds us of the sharp contrast between the populist candidate that Trump claimed to be on the campaign trail and the pretty conventional Republican he has governed as. As a candidate, Trump wanted insurance for everybody. As president, he endorsed health care plans that would have led to 20 million fewer Americans having health insurance, compared to the health care law he so desperately wanted to repeal.
Wolff depicts a candidate and a president who is pretty disconnected from and disinterested in the policy particulars of health care reform, even though the pledge to “repeal and replace Obamacare” had been core to the Republican Party’s message for the past seven years.
“No one in the country, or on earth, has given less thought to health insurance than Donald,” former Fox News leader Roger Ailes reportedly said. When you remember that Trump has talked about health insurance as if it works like life insurance, that also isn’t so hard to believe.
But on the merits, Wolff writes, Trump was more inclined to support a universal, government-funded insurance program — more or less the Medicare-for-all plan that has been Read More Here