In trying to appear more conservative than he is, Donald Trump says a lot of things that don’t make sense. He recently talked about his healthcare plan — which includes the usual Trump trademark of “cutting deals” — he said that his plan is not socialized medicine, no matter what others call it. Why isn’t it socialized medicine? Because he doesn’t put a label on it. Seriously, he said that. It doesn’t matter what it is, if he doesn’t label it as socialized, then it’s not socialized. End of.
Trump appeared on Iowa radio host Simon Conway’s show to talk about his healthcare plan, which, naturally, has no specifics. He repeatedly hammered home the point that we can’t let people just die because they can’t afford treatment. Then he said, according to Right Wing Watch:
I keep talking about the Republicans, they have heart, but some people would [say], oh, is this socialized medicine? It’s just, it’s not, I don’t put a label on it.
So, there you have it. Trump’s plan is whatever he says it is, but it’s not that evil socialism thing because he doesn’t use that word. Right Wing Watch said his discussion with Conway lacked specifics, which isn’t surprising. He did, however, wax Trump-ish and say that we need to be cutting deals with hospitals regarding people who can’t afford to pay their medical bills. Listen to his full comments below:[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/228675159″ params=”color=ff5500″ width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
Does Trump actually support universal healthcare, a.k.a. socialized medicine? Politifact examined statements from Rick Perry about Trump supporting single-payer healthcare. Trump has repeatedly cited Scotland as an example we ought to follow, except Scotland has a classic single-payer system. It’s like England’s system, only better funded, according to Politifact.
They said that Trump either supports single-payer, or he doesn’t know what Scotland’s system actually is and is putting his foot in his mouth with this in a major way. He says he wants a universal, market-based system, but doesn’t seem to have a plan for how to make that work here.
He does rail against the Affordable Care Act, calling it a $5 billion disaster. However, Republicans are playing the word game with that, too, in all kinds of ways. One of the things they’re doing is saying that the ACA is “socialized medicine,” or a “government takeover” of our healthcare system. Neither is true, but Republicans keep trying to hammer that in, with the aid of “news” networks like Fox News, to score political points.
Disliking the ACA, and not supporting socialized medicine, are two very different things. But hey, Trump doesn’t support socialized medicine, and nothing he’s talked about is socialized medicine because he doesn’t put a label on his plan. To him, there is nothing “socialized” about the government funding hospitals so they can afford to care for people who can’t otherwise pay, because he doesn’t label it that way.