Republicans Can’t Defend Trumpcare on the Merits

Over the past two years, Donald Trump has made clear, repeated promises to protect health insurance for those who have it and to expand it to those who don’t. “I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid,” he said in May 2015 shortly before entering the race for the White House. Fast-forward to the presidential transition, and he made a similar promise in an interview with the Washington Post, pledging a health care plan that would feature “insurance for everybody” with “much lower deductibles” and help for those who can’t afford care on the private market: “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.”


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