On Friday, President Donald Trump signed the tax reform bill into law in a rushed ceremony that was prompted by Trump’s desire to spite the press.
Repeatedly during the impromptu signing, Trump talked about how he had planned a “big ceremony” but decided to sign the bill before Christmas so that the media could not say he didn’t keep his promises.
Trump also used the signing to praise the measure because “essentially, I think Obamacare is over because of that.”
It wasn’t the first time Trump suggested his tax reform bill “essentially” killed Obamacare.
Just one day ago, he said the same thing.
As TIME pointed out then, it wasn’t true then either.
“Even with the individual mandate potentially on its way out the door, other parts of Obamacare will remain, like the Medicaid expansion,” TIME reported. “That’s largely because Republicans failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act over the summer. So while the tax bill would certainly weaken Obamacare, major parts of it will remain intact.”
In addition, while Trump may think Obamacare is dead, nearly 9 million just enrolled for 2018.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) December 22, 2017