Trump recently stated that the goal of repealing and replacing Obamacare was “tough.” In an interview with MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) scrambled to clarify Trump’s statement about healthcare in The New York Times, where it appears he has very little knowledge on the subject:
So pre-existing conditions are a tough deal. Because you are basically saying from the moment the insurance, you’re 21 years old, you start working and you’re paying $12 a year for insurance, and by the time you’re 70, you get a nice plan. Here’s something where you walk up and say, ‘I want my insurance.’ It’s a very tough deal, but it is something that we’re doing a good job of.
While the rest of us (and probably the rest of the world) think he just doesn’t know what he’s talking about, Cassidy continues:
First, I think the president is about broad principles. And how I receive his statement, obviously premiums are lower for those who are younger. And you have to have them lower because the person graduating from college doesn’t have very much money. And as we age, premiums will rise in price, but so does our need for insurance.
At this point, MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson interrupts and says:
So, in your conversations with him, do you think the president understands the political, the policy intricacies of this bill?
An excellent question Hallie, though I think it’s obvious Trump doesn’t understand anything with his only two brain cells struggling to understand this concept.
Cassidy came back with:
I don’t think it’s important for him to understand the policy intricacies of this bill. What’s important for him is to understand the principle. His principle is there should be a replace associated with repeal. And during the campaign he consistently said he wanted to continue coverage for those who had, cover pre-existing conditions, eliminate mandates and lower premiums. Those are very good principles.
So, a president shouldn’t understand the intricacies of a bill, just the overall concept – except that every past president has had the experience (and capacity) to understand all the intricacies of the bill in question. They had the knowledge to negotiate with senators and representatives until they could produce an acceptable bill. Trump has no previous knowledge, he has zero experience in politics, and he’s dumber than a rock. But we should all take Cassidy at his word.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I will.
You can watch more of this ridiculous interview below.
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