Fine, Mr. President, If You Insist, We'd Be OK With Australian-Style Healthcare Too
Psst! Donnie! His name is "Malcolm Turnbull!"
Thursday was a big day for Donald Trump! First he had a big party for TrumpCare passing one house of Congress, arguably the first time a major Rose Garden celebration has ever been held after only a partial legislative victory, and certainly an excellent source of B-Roll footage for 2018 campaign ads by Democrats running against the weasels who voted to strip health insurance from tens of millions of Americans. Then Trump was off to New York and the USS Intrepid Museum for a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea during WWII. After being met by protesters who shouted "Shame! Shame!" -- something he ought to get used to -- Trump took a few questions during a photo op, during which he had some thoughts about TrumpDon'tCare's chances in the Senate. Enjoy Bernie Sanders reacting to Trump on MSNBC's "All In":
Not only did Trump lie -- or just say what he wants to believe is true about the load of dingos' bollocks the House passed yesterday -- he also couldn't quite remember his guest's name:
It's a very good bill right now, the premiums are going to come down very substantially, the deductibles are going to come down. It's going to be fantastic health care. Right now Obamacare is failing. We have a failing health care -- I shouldn't say this to our great gentleman and my friend from Australia, because you have better health care than we do. We're going to have great health care very soon.
Malcolm Turnbull. It's Malcolm Turnbull, you bloody wanker. But at least you got it right about Australia's healthcare system, which is better than Obamacare, and infinitely better than the barrel of wombat droppings headed for the Senate.
As it turns out, Australia's healthcare system is a good ol' single-payer system, with a national insurance system -- called "Medicare," even -- that covers everyone's basic health care needs. If people want additional coverage, they can also purchase supplemental private insurance as well, as is common in many single-payer systems.
We're with Bernie when it comes to the implications here:
OK! OK! Wait a minute -- the president has just said it! That's great! Let's take a look at the Australian healthcare system. And let's move -- maybe he wants to take a look at the Canadian system or systems throughout Europe. Thank you, Mr. President!
Let us move to a Medicare-for-all system that does what every other major country on the earth does: guaranteed healthcare to all people at a fraction of the cost per capita that we spend.
Thank you Mr. President, we'll quote you on the floor of the Senate.
You won't believe how completely Trump has figured this out. All the pieces are coming together. No, you can't peek.
“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump said. “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.” People covered under the law “can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better.”
Single-payer definitely fits the bill for all of those, although if you want to get really technical, no healthcare at all is also very simplified, less expensive (at least until a minor problem becomes a major crisis) and "much better" if you're one of the people making over $200,000 a year who stands to get a giant tax cut with TrumpCare.
Trump has in the past had nice things to say about single-payer systems, although he's then said it couldn't work here, without saying why. During a 2015 Republican debate, Trump said,
As far as single payer, it works in Canada. It works incredibly well in Scotland. It could have worked in a different age, which is the age you’re talking about here.
That inner-city youth is at risk! Poor kid might be crushed by a straw man!
Screw it. The president says Australia's system is better than ours. He's right, for once, and we demand he get to work on implementing #AussieHealthcareNow, damn it.
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