During a telephone interview on ABC’s This Week, host George Stephanopoulos asked Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump to answer Ted Cruz’s charge that he was advocating for a single-payer health insurance system to replace the Affordable Care Act. “Ted Cruz is a total liar,” Trump replied dismissively. “I am so against Obamacare. I’ve been saying it for two years in my speeches. I’m going to repeal and replace Obamacare. I don’t know even where he gets this. But he’s a liar.” Stephanopoulos pointed out that Trump was on record wanting everyone to be covered by health insurance. “That’s true,” Trump insisted. “I want people taken care of, I have a heart. If people have no money, we have to help people, but that doesn’t mean single payer. It means we have to help people.”
“But how do you do it?” the host asked the real estate magnate. “First of all, let me tell you something. I believe from the bottom of my heart that Obamacare is absolutely and without question the worst thing that could have happened to this country. I mean, disregard ISIS and terrorism and foreign policy for a second, and take a look at what Obama has done for this country in his 8-year run.”
“He’s taken the poorest segment of the population and has given them a false hope. He has gained political points under the false pretense of helping people, when in fact, he’s just made them even poorer and more miserable. I honestly think that he should go to jail because of the so-called ‘Affordable Care Act’ alone, and remember, that’s without all the foreign policy embarrassments we’ve been having for almost a decade now,” Trump replied. Stephanopoulos then interjected, “But you still haven’t answered my question.”
“I’m getting to it, don’t worry,” the media mogul said. “On the first day of presidency, on my very first day I plan to repeal Obamacare so hard that it’ll make his ancestors in Africa shiver with awe. I mean, I am going to take that piece of legislation and wipe my a** with it. That’s how much I dislike Obamacare and what I think about it. By the way, that’s also how I feel about Ted Cruz, but that’s not the point right now,” Trump said jokingly, causing Stephanopoulos to laugh.
“Seriously though,” the billionaire businessman continued, “that’s what I plan on doing. And then first thing in the morning on day two, I’m going to replace it with a much better service that’s genuinely going to take care of every poor person in the United States. I’m talking daily food rations, clean clothes, a place to spend the night, possibly new jobs, it’s all going to be awesome, it’s going to be utopia. I’m going to make it so good that people are going to want to become homeless just to qualify for Trumpcare. And by the way, that’s what I’m going to call it. A huge, flashy neon sign is going to be placed above the entrance to every Trumpcare facility across the country. I want people to know who made it possible for them to have a better life.”
He added, “And who knows, those of them who’ll want to repay their debt to me for changing their lives could do just that by volunteering to deport Mexicans back behind the Trump Wall. That’s just one example of the new jobs I’m going to create for the citizens of this country and the boost I plan to give to the American economy.”
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