Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney went on CBS on Friday morning to sell Americans on the Republicans’ health care plan, where he said that Americans who were unhappy with the choice of plans being offered by Trumpcare should “figure out a way to change the state” they live in. “If you live in a state that wants to mandate maternity coverage for everybody, including 60-year-old women, that’s fine,” Mulvaney said. “What about a state that doesn’t do that?” host Alex Wagner asked. “Then you can figure out a way to change the state you live in,” Mulvaney replied.
Taken aback by his answer, Wagner proceeded to ask Mulvaney if he was suggesting that people move to a different state in order to find the health care plan of their liking. Mulvaney responded by going on a rant. “Don’t be silly, nobody in their right mind would suggest that. Neither President Trump himself, nor anyone from his administration is suggesting or promoting mass migrations of Americans within the country. But, Americans kind of have to understand that Trumpcare is going forward whether they like it or not, simply because the existing system, Obama’s Affordable Care Act, is just not good enough in terms of the money that’s required to it keep functioning properly,” he said.
The Director of the Office of Management and Budget continued, “I think we’ve had too many people from the administration reveal the fact that the federal budget is hemorrhaging money because of Obamacare, and that needs to change. Think about it: what good is a health care system that helps everybody in the country if such a system is destined to drain the federal budget after a couple of years? Are we supposed to declare a national bankruptcy during President Trump’s first term? I bet that’s what Obama wanted to happen, but that’s another story. That being said, there are also many other reasons why Obamacare needs to go; this just happens to be the biggest one.”
When Wagner asked Mulvaney to elaborate on some of the other supposed reasons for replacing the Affordable Care Act with the more expensive Trumpcare, he argued that there is also “a moral component involved.” “Obamacare was designed to help the poor,” Mulvaney said. “And that’s fine, as long as it doesn’t help them too much, which is a real possibility. Because, once poor people get accustomed to having everything for free, then they have no incentive to work harder and better themselves and get themselves out of poverty. On the other hand, Trumpcare has that moral component in mind, which is why we feel it will not only be a significant contribution to Donald Trump’s presidential legacy, but will also make poor people work harder for themselves, and consequentially, for this country.”
“So, in a way, Trumpcare will not only save the federal budget from bankruptcy; it will also help lower the poverty rate and number of poor people throughout the country. Because, let’s face it – at the end of the day, nobody is forcing you to be poor. The American way of life is based on the premise that it’s all up to you. So, to be fair – the fact that someone is poor could have something to do with objective factors. However, it’s mostly because people are lazy and expect the government to take care of them. Well, this is not communism; if you want to live the good life and have Trumpcare, you’ve got to work hard for it. It’s not impossible,” he concluded.