January 10, 2017 9:32 pm -

Speaking to the New York Times, he revealed his complete lack of knowledge.

In a puzzling interview with Maggie Haberman and Margot Sanger-Katz of the New York Times, Donald Trump weighed-in on the legislative mechanics of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act in a way that appeared to reveal that he has no idea what’s going on.

Republicans are currently debating whether they should repeal the law right away and promise people that an unspecified replacement will emerge at an unspecified future time, or else wait and try to agree on a replacement that moves in tandem with repeal.


Trump’s answer is to reject both options. He’s now saying Republicans should repeal and replace nearly simultaneously, but without taking any time to craft the replacement:

Mr. Trump, who seemed unclear about the timing of already scheduled votes in Congress this week, demanded a repeal vote “probably some time next week,” and said “the replace will be very quickly or simultaneously, very shortly thereafter.”

How shortly thereafter? Well, when asked, he said, “Long to me would be weeks … it won’t be repeal and then two years later go in with another plan.”

The problem here is that the Republican Party currently has no consensus on just what the replacement should be, and it’s very difficult to see them arriving at such a consensus before February 1 — unless they somehow ram through a quickly-crafted replacement that would massively restructure the health care sector with hardly any deliberation, with potentially catastrophic consequences.




D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.