Who needs facts when you have Donald Trump?
On Monday during a speech touting the elusive bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Trump slammed the 2010 law with some pretty harsh language, calling it a “nightmare” that has wreaked havoc on Americans. But it was his statement about Obamacare’s longevity that raised some eyebrows.
“For the past 17 years, Obamacare has wreaked havoc on the lives of innocent, hard-working Americans,” Trump said. Problem is, the law was only enacted in 2010, making it about 7 years old. Needless to say, Americans were less concerned about the “broken health care system” that insures more than 10 million, and more concerned that the president would age the law a solid 10 years in front of the nation.
Trump’s verbal takedown of Obamacare came a day before the Senate votes on the often thwarted effort to repeal the law. The vote, also called a motion to proceed, will determine if the debate to repeal and replace the ACA will take place, the New York Times reports.
“The question for every Senator, Democrat or Republican, is whether they will side with Obamacare’s architects, which have been so destructive to our country, or with its forgotten victims,” Trump said on Monday. “Any Senator who votes against starting debate is telling America that you are fine with the Obamacare nightmare.”
The alternative, however, is bleak. The GOP’s plan to replace Obamacare without an alternative could mean 32 million more uninsured Americans by the year 2026.
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