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Friday, March 24, 2017

The Art of the Fail

“His speeches left the impression of an army of pompous phrases moving over the landscape in search of an idea;  sometimes these meandering words would actually capture a straggling thought and bear it triumphantly as a prisoner in their midst, until it died of servitude and overwork.”

Presidential candidate William G. McAdoo, of the speeches of President Warren Harding

October 6, 1999: PHILLIPS: Health care?

Mr. TRUMP: The liberal on health care, we have to take care of people that are sick.

PHILLIPS: Universal health coverage?

Mr. TRUMP: I like universal, we have to take care, there's nothing else. What's the country all about if we're not going to take care of our sick.

2000, The America We Deserve: "Working out detailed plans will take time. But the goal should be clear: Our people are our greatest asset. We must take care of our own. We must have universal health care."

"We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing. But implementing such a plan is not simple. One major problem is that the single-payer plan in Canada is in financial difficulty, as is the nationalized plan in the United Kingdom. We have to improve on the prototype."

February 10, 2011: "I do not think [Obamacare is] constitutional."

September 27, 2015: Scott Pelley: "Universal health care."

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."

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

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 --"

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

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."

July 22, 2016: “No one knows the system better than me,” he said pausing to smile, “which is why I alone can fix it.”

November 13, 2016: Lesley Stahl: "When you replace [Obamacare], are you going to make sure that people with pre-conditions are still covered?

Trump: "Yes. Because it happens to be one of the strongest assets...

"We're not going to have, like, a two-day period and we're not going to have a two-year period where there's nothing. It will be repealed and replaced. And we'll know. And it'll be great health care for much less money. So it'll be better health care, much better, for less money. Not a bad combination."

January 16, 2017: “It’s not going to be their plan,” Trump continued, referring to President Obama and his acolytes. “It’ll be another plan. But they’ll be beautifully covered. I don’t want single payer. What I do want is to be able to take care of people.”

...Costa and Goldstein report that the Trump plan is “all but finished.” “It’s very much formulated down to the final strokes,” said the President-Elect. “We haven’t put it in [legal form] quite yet but we’re going to be doing it soon.”

January 26, 2017: "It's going to be — what my plan is is that I want to take care of everybody," Trump said. "I'm not going to leave the lower 20% that can't afford insurance." (Only about 10% of the US population currently does not have coverage.)

Trump reiterated his promise later in the interview.

"So I want to make sure that nobody's dying on the streets when I'm president," Trump said. "Nobody's going to be dying on the streets. We will unleash something that's going to be terrific."

February 5, 2017: In an interview with Fox News conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly asked: “Can Americans in 2017 expect a new health care plan rolled out by the Trump administration this year?”

“Yes, in the process and maybe it’ll take till sometime into next year but we’re certainly going to be in the process,” President Trump said.

“(It’s) very complicated. Obamacare is a disaster. You have to remember, Obamacare doesn’t work, so we are putting in a wonderful plan,” he said. “It statutorily takes a while to get. We’re going to be putting it in fairly soon. I think that — yes, I would like to say by the end of the year at least the rudiments, but we should have something within the year and the following year.”

February 28, 2017: "We have come up with a solution that's really, really I think very good," Trump said at a meeting of the nation's governors at the White House.

"Now, I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject," he added. "Nobody knew health care could be so complicated."

March 17, 2017: "It's a big, fat, beautiful negotiation," Trump declared during the first meeting of his Cabinet at the White House. "Hopefully we'll come up with something that's going to be really terrific."

March 25, 2017: “If [Democrats] got together with us, and got us a real health care bill, I’d be totally okay with that. The losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, because they own Obamacare. They 100% own it.”

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