Trump is known for being fickle-minded. For example, in 1988, Trump was a guest on Oprah Winfrey's daytime talk show and spoke passionately on several political issues, but concluded that he "probably" would never run for office. Then in 1998, he changed his mind and considered a presidential run making plans to run as a Republican because "they are the dumbest group of voters in the country."
This can be said to be the same for healthcare issues. With his win in the recent elections, we look at all the things he has said about healthcare in America.
October 1998Trump was considering a presidential run and favoured universal healthcare. In an interview with NBC's Stone Phillips, he said, "I'm liberal on healthcare, we have to take care of people that are sick."
"Universal health coverage?" Phillips asked.
"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?" Trump replied.
"Abortion?" Phillips pressed.
"I hate the concept of abortion. I hate anything about abortion, and yet, I'm totally for choice. I think you have no alternative." Trump says. Ironically, Trump hates abortion but wants to care for all.
October 1999At this point, Trump was planning to run for presidency and had formed an exploratory committee. So in an interview with CNN's Larry King he maintains his views and said that he has liberal views on healthcare.
"I'm quite liberal and getting much more liberal on healthcare and other things. I really say: What's the purpose of a country if you're not going to have defensive and healthcare?"
"If you can't take care of your sick in the country, forget it, it's all over. I mean, it's no good. So I'm very liberal when it comes to healthcare. I believe in universal healthcare. I believe in whatever it takes to make people well better."
"We could reduce taxes and take care of healthcare, and it would be beautiful, and you would have plenty of money left over."
"Healthcare is an entitlement to this country, and too bad the world can't be, you know, in this country. But the fact is, it's an entitlement to this country if we're going to have a great country."
2000Trump wrote a book about his advocacy for a universal system.
"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 healthcare."
"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 nationalised plan in the United Kingdom. We have to improve on the prototype."
February 2011Fast forward 11 years, he focused on Obamacare's constitutionality and affordability during Obama's first term. He was interviewed by CNS News and was asked, "Do you think that the health care law is constitutional, the individual mandate in the health care law?”
Trump, now a Republican, said, “I do not think (Obamacare is) constitutional, no.”
CNSNews.com then asked, “Do you think it should be repealed?”
Trump responded, “I do.”
October 2011He even took to Twitter to criticise Obamacare.
"In order to save Medicare and stop record premium increases--we must repeal ObamaCare." --@realDonaldTrump on Twitter.
December 2011Trump has released another book which it slams Obamacare: "Obamacare can't be reformed, salvaged, or fixed. It's that bad. Obamacare has to be killed now before it grows into an even bigger mess, as it inevitably will. Obamacare takes full effect in 2014. If it's not repealed before then, it will be more than just another failed government entitlement program - it will be the trillion-ton weight that finally takes down our economy forever."
It continues slamming Obamacare stating that it "is a heat-seeking missile that will destroy jobs and small businesses; it will explode healthcare costs; and it will lead to healthcare that is far less innovative than it is today.... Repealing Obamacare may be one of the most important and consequential actions our next president takes."
A few pages later, Trump details his plans:
"Even if we elect a real president who will get tough and repeal Obamacare, we still need a plan to bring down health-care costs and make health-care insurance more affordable for everyone. It starts with increasing competition between insurance companies. Competition makes everything better and more affordable."
"One way to infuse more competition into the market is to let citizens purchase health-care plans across state lines."
June 2012@realDonaldTrump mocks @JusticeRoberts after @ObamaCare was passed.
"Wow, the Supreme Court passed @ObamaCare. I guess @JusticeRoberts wanted to be a part of Georgetown society more than anyone knew."
October 2014@realDonaldTrump blames Obama for the emergence of the Ebola virus in America.
"Ebola has been confirmed in N.Y.C., with officials frantically trying to find all of the people and things he had contact with. Obama's fault."
7 minutes later, he states that he has given warnings to the president and afterwards insulted him.
"I have been saying for weeks for President Obama to stop the flights from West Africa. So simple, but he refused. A TOTAL incompetent!"
January 2015Trump has finally started getting serious about running for presidency. In the 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit, under the Des Moines Register, he pledged to save Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid "without cutting it to the bone" by "making the country rich again."
Once again, he vowed to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with something better, although he hasn't quite worked out the details yet.
He made no effort to appease to GOP elected officials as he said, "I am a Republican, and I am disappointed with our Republican politicians because they let our president get away with absolute murder."
March 2015On his 2016 presidential campaign website "DonaldJTrump.com", he said, "Our elected representatives in the House & Senate must allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns under the current tax system. Businesses are allowed to take these deductions so why wouldn't Congress allow individuals the same exemptions?"
"As we allow the free market to provide insurance coverage opportunities to companies and individuals, we must also make sure that no one slips through the cracks simply because they cannot afford insurance. We must review basic options for Medicaid and work with states to ensure that those who want healthcare coverage can have it."
"There are other reforms that might be considered if they serve to lower costs, remove uncertainty & provide financial security for all Americans. And we must also take actions in other policy areas to lower healthcare costs and burdens. Enforcing immigration laws, eliminating fraud and waste and energising our economy will relieve the economic pressures felt by every American."
May 2015@realDonaldTrump said he would not cut Medicare and Social Security benefits as "I know where to get the money from. Nobody else does."
16 June 2015On his announcement speech of 2016 president hopefuls, Trump cajoles the crowd into thinking that ObamaCare is a fraud, by pulling out a bunch of statistics.
"We have a disaster called the big lie: ObamaCare. Yesterday, it came out that costs are going for people up 29, 39, 49, and even 55%, and deductibles are through the roof. You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, to use it, because the deductibles are so high, it's virtually useless. It is a disaster."
"And it's going to get worse, because remember, ObamaCare really kicks in, in 2016. It is going to be amazingly destructive. Doctors are quitting. I have a friend who's a doctor, and he said to me, "Donald, I never saw anything like it. I have more accountants than I have nurses."
"We have to repeal ObamaCare, and it can be replaced with something much better for everybody. Let it be for everybody. But much better and much less expensive for people and for the government. And we can do it."
28 June 2015In one of the CNN "State of the Union" interviews, Trump was asked, "In 2000, you wrote that you're a liberal on healthcare, and you supported a Canadian-style system, where the government acts as an insurer. Is that what you still believe?"
"You know, I looked at that. I looked at it very seriously. Some people don't agree with me on this: I want everyone to have coverage. I love the free market, but we never had a free market. Even before ObamaCare, it wasn't really free market. As an example, in New York, when I wanted to bid out my health insurance, we had boundaries. I could only go in New York. If I wanted to bid it out to a company from California or New Jersey, anywhere--you get no bids," he replies.
"But the single payer, you're not interested anymore?" the interviewer asks.
"No. No, these are different times. And over the years, you are going to change your attitudes. You're going to learn things and you're going to change. And I have evolved on that issue. I have evolved on numerous issues," said Trump, justifying his change in mind.
16 September 2015Trump and Ben Carson were involved in a Republican debate on CNN. The interviewer states that Trump has publicly and repeatedly linked autism to childhood vaccines and also said that he would be in charge of the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health whilst pointing out that Trump's stance on vaccines is wrong.
Trump said, "Autism has become an epidemic. It has gotten totally out of control. I am totally in favor of vaccines. But I want smaller doses over a longer period of time. You take this little baby, and you pump--I mean, it looks like it's meant for a horse, not for a child. Just the other day, a 2-year-old child went to have the vaccine, and got a fever; now is autistic. I'm in favor of vaccines, do them over a longer period of time, same amount. And I think you're going to see a big impact on autism."
27 September 2015In a TV interview, Trump was finally challenged to explain his plans to implement universal health care.
Trump said, "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."
"The uninsured person is going to be taken care of. How? How?" interviewer Pelley questions.
"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 --"
"Make a deal? Who pays for it?"
"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," Trump concludes.
October 2015In another interview, Trump was asked for his opinion on Carson's call for health savings accounts.
"Well, I'm OK with the savings accounts. I think it's a good idea; it's a very down-the-middle idea. It works. It's something that's proven," he said. He then brushes it off and refocuses on repealing and replacing ObamaCare.
"The one thing we have to do is repeal and replace ObamaCare. It is a disaster. People's premiums are going up 35 percent, 45 percent, 55 percent. Their deductibles are so high nobody's ever going to get to use it. So ObamaCare is turning out to be a bigger disaster than anybody thought," he said.
But he finally gives in when pressed on wheter he agreed with Carson on abolishing Medicare.
"Well, it's possible. You're going to have to look at that, but I'll tell you what, the health savings accounts, I've been talking about it also. I think it's a very good idea," he said.
17 February 2016In an interview, Trump is asked what he intends to replace Obamacare with.
"Health-care savings plans, one way. We have to get rid of the lines between states," Trump said.
"Are you going to guarantee all Americans health care?... You have constantly said, even in New Hampshire -- the 'Live Free or Die' state -- that every American should get health care. Is that your position?"
"Let me tell you, that's not what I said… Here's what I said. We're going to have great plans. They're going to be much less expensive and they're going to be much better because the Obama plan is unaffordable and it's a disaster… But there will be a group of people that is not doing well, that has no money."
"We cannot let them die in the streets. And we'll work out either through Medicare, which we'll save or something… And I say to the Republicans all the time. And by the way I get standing ovations from Republicans, from Republican groups. I got one yesterday. I said we can't let people die in the streets… We're going to take care of them. We're going to take care of them. We have to take care of them. Now, that's not single payer. That's not anything. That's just human decency. And I'll tell you what. Every single time I say that, I say to people in the audience -- I say, 'So what do you think?' They all stand up and give me a standing ovation, OK?"
25 February 2016At a Republican debate, Ted Cruz challenged Trump on his less-than-conservative views. Trump said, "If people -- my plan is very simple. I will not -- we're going to have private -- we are going to have health care, but I will not allow people to die on the sidewalks and the streets of our country if I'm president. You may let it and you may be fine with it..."
Cruz cuts in and asks the million dollar question, "So does the government pay for everyone's health care?"
Trump trails on, "... I'm not fine with it. We are going to take those people..."
Cruz cuts to the chase, "Yes or no. Just answer the question."
Trump is adamant at not answering the question, "Excuse me. We are going to take those people and those people are going to be serviced by doctors and hospitals. We're going to make great deals on it, but we're not going to let them die in the streets."
October 2016On the second presidential debate, Trump criticised Obamacare once again, calling it a fraud and detailing his plans on erasing lines between states, which stop insurance companies from competing.
"Obamacare is a disaster. You know it, we all know it. It's going up at numbers that nobody’s ever seen, worldwide. It's -- nobody has ever seen numbers like this for health care. It's only getting worse… We have to repeal it and replace it with something absolutely much less expensive. And something that works, where your plan can actually be tailored. We have to get rid of the lines around the state, artificial lines, where we stop insurance companies from coming in and competing."
"President Obama said you keep your doctor, keep your plan. The whole thing was a fraud and it doesn't work."
November 2016Trump has won the grand prize and now says that he favours some provisions of Obamacare, but did not detail his plans on how much will stay or change. This time with Lesley Stahl, he said on 60 Minutes, that people with pre-conditions are still covered as "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." MIMS
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