This literally happened...— William LeGate (@williamlegate) March 16, 2017
Tucker Carlson: "The counties who voted for you will do far worse under your plan"
Donald Trump: "Oh, I know..." pic.twitter.com/tsG96kybxe
President Donald Trump remained more or less mum over House Speaker Paul Ryan’s health care plan ever since it was unveiled last week, much to everybody’s curiosity.
A recent interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson might help explain why.
As Carlson sat down with the president to discuss the American Health Care Act, aka Trumpcare, the anchor noted how one of the major problems with the proposal is the huge tax cut for wealthy investors.
“A Bloomberg analysis shows that counties that voted for you, middle-class and working-class counties, would do far less well under the bill than counties that voted for Hillary,” Carlson pointed out.
In a rare moment of honesty and truth, Trump actually gave a brief, yet coherent, answer to the question.
“Yeah, well I know that. I know,” the POTUS replied.
Even more surprising was how Trump, who has a history of coming up with lies to support his disastrous policies, doubled down on his honest answer, adding Trumpcare is “very preliminary.”
Carlson continued to push, arguing the plan doesn’t seem consistent with what Trump used to brag about during his campaign trail.
Again, Trump surprised by agreeing to the Fox News host.
“A lot of things aren't consistent, but these are going to be negotiated,” the president responded. “We've got to go to the Senate, we'll see what happens in the Senate.”
While it was indeed shocking to see Trump acknowledging a flaw with his party’s health care plan, he nevertheless understated the part where he said Trump care was inconsistent with his campaign promises.
It’s not just inconsistent — it’s actually the opposite of what Trump had promised.
Trump had claimed his plan “would have insurance for everybody” and that “nobody will be worse off financially.”
As it turns out, it’s not what Trumpcare does.
The Obamacare repeal covers fewer people. It will leave nearly 24 million Americans without insurance. Also, as Carlson stated, the plan favors the rich. It is basically a $600 billion tax cut for rich Americans.
Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Jonathan Ernst