Trump Dumps Universal Health Care Plan, Adopts Run-Of-The-Mill GOP Plan Instead

There are at least a thousand things that come to mind when you hear the name “Donald Trump,” and every single one of those things is bad. But there was one small silver lining if Trump managed to win the presidency: at least he was keen on universal health care.

Trump, the belligerent, bigoted fascist currently leading the GOP’s 2016 primary field by a nearly insurmountable margin, released his new health care plan this week.

Wait… did we just call it “new?” Because it isn’t: Trump’s plan is anything but unique or, as Trump had previously claimed, “something terrific.”

In reality, Trump’s plan is a run-of-the-mill Republican one: nuke Obamacare, gut Medicaid by turning it into a state block grant program, offer tax exemptions on privately-purchased employer plans… all of the terrible, uninspired ideas Republicans have been pitching for years, and none of which actually address any of the serious healthcare issues Americans still face, even with the good parts of Obamacare (which Republicans refuse to acknowledge).

Trump’s Shocking Original Plan? Universal Health Care

In a presidential campaign loaded to the brim with clownery, profanity, penis jokes, and other bizarre nonsense, Trump’s plain, boring, uninspired, unoriginal health care plan is almost more shocking than his antics. But his health care plan wasn’t always so mundane. In fact, his original plan seemed to be the perfect antithesis of everything The Donald stands for today.

Trump previously expressed back in September that he planned to replace the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) with government-funded universal health care, claiming he would “take care of everybody,” despite that plan being “un-Republican,” and standing by that even as the interviewer tried to confirm that what he was talking about was universal health care.

Trump’s vague proposal involved universal health care for everyone, but with private insurance blended in, seemingly for the people who could afford it.

“The government’s gonna pay for it. But we’re going to save so much money on the other side. But for the most it’s going to be a private plan and people are going to be able to go out and negotiate great plans with lots of different competition with lots of competitors with great companies and they can have their doctors, they can have plans, they can have everything.”

Like a proper idiot savant, Trump’s “plan” would have actually been a decent middle-of-the-road strategy between the “baby with the bathwater” Republican approach, and a truly progressive universal health care plan, like the one Senator Bernie Sanders is proposing.

Trump offering universal health care for all, but speculating that private plans be purchased by anyone who can truly afford health care, would be an alarmingly sane, rational, responsible compromise between liberal and conservative views and would be one of the biggest steps toward bipartisan Washington has seen in decades.

But like Trump’s IQ, that “plan” is fading away into nothingness. Trump is instead adopting your typical run-of-the-mill Republican health care plan. So if you had some hope that at least American might get something as a parting gift for enduring a Trump presidency, think again.

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