Trump Says "No One Knew Health Care Could Be So Complicated"

  • Calvin Wolf
  • Mar 1, 2017 12:17PM

For years, Obamacare was the law that conservatives loved to hate. From “death panels” to the individual mandate, Republicans used the Affordable Care Act as their default punching bag. Then, in an upset to end all upsets, Republican nominee Donald Trump actually won the White House and put the GOP in a position to repeal Obamacare. The Republican dream of repealing Barack Obama’s namesake health care reform was finally nigh!

Or so it would seem.

Despite controlling the Oval Office and both houses of Congress, the GOP quickly found itself in a quagmire over repealing the ACA. In town hall meetings across the country, conservative members of Congress were besieged by angry voters who decried the drive to end Obamacare. Day by day, the Republican drive to repeal the ACA lost steam. Within the GOP, individual politicians began voicing doubts that there would be an appeal. With former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and successor Paul Ryan (R-WI) now doubting that there will be a true repeal of Obamacare, it looks like the hard-charging GOP is stuck in quicksand over health care reform.

Already bogged down, the Republican healthcare reformers may now be facing a death knell: President Donald Trump has irked just about everyone by insisting nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”  For the nation’s chief executive to be so ignorant of the complexity of healthcare policy is alarming. For the GOP to go after the ACA with guns blazing, while being so ill-prepared to replace it with anything, is downright dangerous. Until now, however, Republicans’ recklessness and negligence in the arena of healthcare reform was somewhat hidden.