I thought we wanted get rid of universal healthcare.
A day before the Iowa caucus was set to begin, 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said something that made it sound as if he aspired to implement universal health care.
“I have a heart,” Trump said to ABC News host George Stephanopoulos. “If somebody has no money and they’re lying in the middle of the street and they’re dying, I’m going to take care of that person.”
When Stephanopoulos asked Trump how he would implement a universal health care program, the billionaire candidate claimed he would work with doctors and hospitals.
“You can’t have a — a small percentage of our economy, because they’re down and out, have absolutely no protection, so they end up dying from, you know, what you could have a simple procedure [for] or even a pill,” he argued. “You can’t do that. We’ll work something out.”
He added, “That doesn’t mean single payer.”
Trump reportedly made these statements in response to Republican primary rival Sen. Ted Cruz accusing him of being in support of a socialistic health care system similar to Obamacare.
What Trump said to Stephanopoulos, however, indicated that Cruz may have been right to some degree. Though Trump specifically stated that he did not mean single payer, the type of system he outlined sounded very socialistic in nature.
For such a system to work, Trump would need to pay for it, and the outspoken candidate has yet to offer a legitimate way to do that. This is not to say that it cannot be done. Perhaps it could be accomplished, but it would require a near-miraculous plan of action.