President Donald J. Trump in a tweet last Sunday night said that the federal government will make health care better by spending more money than Obamacare does, an unexpected position that appears to be at odds with his party’s policy, as well as some of his own recent statements.
“I suggest that we add more dollars to Healthcare and make it the best anywhere. ObamaCare is dead – the Republicans will do much better!” Trump tweeted on a Sunday night.
The President’s suggestion, at face value, seemed to contradict long-held Republican views on health care policy. Saving money has been a central part of the GOP’s arguments for repealing ObamaCare.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the party’s replacement bill, the American Health Care Act, would result in a $11.trillion decrease in health care spending over the next 10 years.
The lower price tag of the AHCA was a major selling point. Its passage in the House of Representatives was marked by a triumphant press conference in the White House Rose Garden, in which Trump praised the bill as a “great plan.”
Even with his big support of the AHCA, Donald Trump has held varying positions on health care that differ from his GOP colleagues. In January, he said that he wanted “insurance for everybody.” And on the same day, AHCA passed the House, Trump has publicly praised Australia’s universal health care.
Trump’s tweet on health care spending was one of many of Sunday’s topics including White House leaks and the media. His account had largely gone quiet while he was touring the Middle East and Europe on his first trip abroad as president, amid reports that White House lawyers could begin vetting his tweets.
But, according to Trump, those reports were false.
No one was completely sure if the President has changed his mind and everyone was confused.