President Trump once campaigned on the promise that he would provide all Americans with access to health insurance.
It was an odd promise for a Republican at the time, and now as his party has released their own bastardized version of healthcare reform, it is a promise that he cannot possibly keep.
In 2015, Trump told CBS’ “60 Minutes,” “Everybody’s got to be covered.”
In January, Trump said more of the same.
“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump said in January. “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.”
White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney shut down the idea that all Americans should have access to healthcare on Sunday.
“We don’t have universal ― the only way to have universal care, if you stop to think about it, is to force people to buy it under penalty of law,” Mulvaney said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”
However, the latest Republican proposal will strip healthcare coverage from up to 24 million Americans. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer dialed back Trump’s healthcare promise, calling it more of a “goal.”
“Everybody has a choice to get it,” Spicer added, “and I think that’s what we want to do is give everyone who wants to get health care the financial ability to get it.”
Mulvaney didn’t try to dance around the issue on Sunday, he admitted that “insurance for everybody” was impossible.
“What you’ve got now is we’re forcing people to buy it under Obamacare under penalty of law and people are still looking for a way not to buy it,” he said. “So clearly the government mandate doesn’t work. The better process, the better function is exactly what we’re trying to do now, which is to encourage people and enable them to buy a policy they want and can afford.”
The CBO also revealed that the new GOP bill will also make healthcare premiums too expensive for most seniors. A 64-year-old person making $25,500 per year will see their premiums go from $1,700 per year to a staggering $14,600.
“The only way to get truly universal care is to throw people in jail if they don’t have it. And we are not going to do that,” Mulvaney added.