Monday, September 28, 2015

Donald Trump proposes a massive increase in Medicaid

Trump was just on 60 minutes last night and he was asked what kind of Republican he is, he said he is a "very good Republican", yet he also makes statements like this:

Donald Trump: Obamacare's going to be repealed and replaced. Obamacare is a disaster if you look at what's going on with premiums where they're up 40, 50, 55 percent.
Scott Pelley: How do you fix it?

Donald Trump: There's many different ways, by the way. Everybody's got to be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say because a lot of times they say, "No, no, the lower 25 percent that can't afford private. But--"

Scott Pelley: Universal health care.

Donald Trump: I am going to take care of everybody. I don't care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody's going to be taken care of much better than they're taken care of now.

Scott Pelley: The uninsured person is going to be taken care of. How? How?

Donald Trump: They're going to be taken care of. I would make a deal with existing hospitals to take care of people. And, you know what, if this is probably--

Scott Pelley: Make a deal? Who pays for it?

Donald Trump: --the government's gonna pay for it. But we're going to save so much money on the other side. But for the most it's going to be a private plan and people are going to be able to go out and negotiate great plans with lots of different competition with lots of competitors with great companies and they can have their doctors, they can have plans, they can have everything.

So the government is going to pay for people's insurance if they can't afford it and everybody is going to be covered.  Isn't that pretty much the same as having an individual mandate with a massive increase in Medicaid to pay for those who can't afford a private plan?  How is this much different than Obamacare?  I think Trump is pitching Obamacare to replace Obamacare, which will probably be called Trumpcare.  Is that the change we are looking for?

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