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Trump's previous promises on health care

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By Dylan Stafford
June 24, 2017

Trump repeatedly promised that he would cover all Americans when given the chance to repeal and replace Obamacare. He stated that coverage for everyone was "​just human decency" back in February of 2016. By then, he had already promised universal coverage. When he was a presidential candidate in 2015, Trump told CBS's Scott Pelley on 60 Minutes that "everybody's got to be covered."

"​I am going to take care of everybody. I don't care if it costs me votes or not," Trump said. He added: "​The government's gonna pay for it."

More recently, as president-elect, Trump reiterated his support for the idea in January. "We're going to have insurance for everybody," he said in an interview with The Washington Post. "There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can't pay for it, you don't get it. That's not going to happen with us."

Trump isn't one for wonky policy details. He often makes vague pronouncements on issues like health care. In May, for example, he tweeted,​ "Despite what you hear in the press, health care is coming along great. We are talking to many groups and it will end in a beautiful picture!"

One specific thing Trump has been clear on, however, is Medicaid. He has been consistent in voicing his opposition to any cuts to the program, which helps to provide coverage to low-income Americans. On the campaign trail, he often touted his promise to not touch Medicaid. In October 2015, he tweeted, "I am going to save Medicare and Medicaid, (Dr. Ben) Carson wants to abolish, and failing candidate Gov. John Kasich doesn't have a clue - weak!"

"I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. Huckabee copied me."

"The Republicans who want to cut SS & Medicaid are wrong. A robust economy will Make America Great Again!"

Another key promise Trump repeatedly has made is that his health plan will lower costs. In January, for example, President-elect Trump told the Post that his plan would include "lower numbers, much lower deductibles."

If the Senate bill passes, it keeps alive the possibility of repealing Obamacare. The bill would repeal Obamacare's individual mandate, drastically cut back federal support of Medicaid, and eliminate Obamacare's taxes on the wealthy, insurers and others -- which would be one promise kept.
One Trump lie after another.

The GOP House/Senate 'healthcare' bills amputate $880 billion from Medicaid (poor/disabled/elderly) and transfer $630 billion of this money to medical corporations and the wealthiest 1% of Americans in the guise of tax breaks.
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