The U.S. health care system is failing, Donald Trump told Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday.
“I shouldn’t say this to a great gentleman and my friend from Australia because you have better health care than we do,” the president continued.
Australia has universal health care.
Trump’s statement is particularly ironic, then, since he said it only hours after the House voted to take away the closest thing to universal health care that America has ever had.
This contradiction wasn’t lost on Democrats.
“Thank you Mr. Trump for admitting that universal health care is the better way to go,” tweeted Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. “I’ll be sure to quote you on the floor of the Senate.”
— All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) May 5, 2017
Australia’s system, Medicare, allows all of its citizens to visit doctors and public hospitals for free. It is government-funded using taxes — even on the country’s wealthiest citizens.
Trumpcare, on the other hand, has been criticized by hospitals, doctors, health insurers, and legislators alike as its passage would likely result in millions losing coverage.
“The American Health Care Act needs important improvements to better protect low- and moderate-income families who rely on Medicaid or buy their own coverage,” Marilyn B. Tavenner, the chief executive of America’s Health Insurance Plans, said in a statement.
Based on his compliment to Australia, it would seem as though Trump would agree.
But maybe it was an alternative compliment.
The president* just complimented the Aussie PM on Australia's "great health-care system." I just…no, I got nothing.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) May 5, 2017
Next, learn why rape victims would be vulnerable to unmanageable insurance hikes under the new health care bill. Then, read about why the senator leading the committee on Trump’s Russian connections thinks that the president will get impeached.