One of the day's big headlines is both true and good news for Republicans: premiums for some consumers covered through the Affordable Care Act are going up sharply. With this in mind, Donald Trump and his campaign team, desperate to go on the offensive and talk about something new, decided it'd be a good idea to have the candidate put "Obamacare" up front and center today.
What didn't occur to the Republican campaign, however, was something more basic: no one told Trump what the Affordable Care Act is, what it does, or how it works. So, more than six years after Obamacare was signed into law, Americans learned today that the GOP presidential nominee apparently has no idea what he's talking about when he condemns the health care reform measure.Here's
what Trump told Fox News this morning:
"Well, I don't use much Obamacare, I must be honest with you, because it is so bad for the people and they can't afford it. And like, for instance, I'm at Trump National Doral in Miami, and we don't even use Obamacare. We don't want it. The people don't want it and I spend more money on health coverage, but we don't use it."
Trump went on to say that the Affordable Care is "gonna destroy the country."
He seems to be under the impression that the entirety of the law is the availability of coverage through exchanges. That's wrong. When he said, for example, that he his employees "don't even use Obamacare" -- an apparent reference to the subsidized marketplaces -- what Trump may not realize is that consumer protections built into the ACA benefit everyone with private coverage, whether they realize it or not.
The Republican nominee, appearing with employees at the Trump National Doral Club near Miami, added
today, "All my employees are having tremendous problems with Obamacare."
Of course, if "all" of his employees are having "tremendous problems with Obamacare," it suggests Trump's workers don't receive health coverage through their employer (namely, him). The club's manager soon after clarified
that the venue already provides insurance for nearly all of the facility's employees, which means the premium increases won't affect them.
Trump himself acknowledged
soon after that almost none of his employees are "on Obamacare," which is pretty much the opposite of what he'd said this morning. What explains the contradiction? By all appearances, the GOP candidate just doesn't know enough about the Affordable Care Act to criticize it properly, so he made something up, not knowing how little sense it made. read more