President Donald Trump’s ridiculous plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would be slightly less disgusting if we were confident that he knew what the hell he was talking about. Throughout the past two years, though, it’s impossible to point to a single instance in which anyone, including Trump’s staff and supporters, could say that he totally nailed the nuances of the issue. Not once. Ever.
Sure, he’s regularly claimed that the ACA is collapsing, contrary to the recent scoring by the Congressional Budget Office. He’s also mentioned that the ACA is a disaster. Same thing. He’s mentioned that under his replacement plan, everyone will have coverage they love and they’ll save a lot of money in the process. Oh, and he said something about keeping the ACA language about pre-existing conditions and “children living with their parents.” He noted the latter on a small, seldom-watched show called “60 Minutes,” despite the fact that there’s nothing in the law about covering kids who live with their parents. Yeah, one of the top two most popular aspects of the ACA, and he couldn’t accurately describe it. (The law allows adult children to stay on their parents’ insurance up to age 26 — regardless of where they live.)
Perhaps Trump’s ignorance about the law is allowed to slide because his supporters know even less about the ACA than he does. Though it’s not just when Trump talks about the ACA that he sounds like an eighth grader bluffing his way through an essay exam — that describes everything he says about health care in general. The…
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