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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Trump's Downfall: He Supports Universal Health Care

As Donald Trump continues his meteoric rise among the Republican base courtesy of a near hourly dose of red meat - he can afford it - and constant media attention, his potential primary opponents should begin attacking him on his past positions on health care. In fact, Journolist weasel Dave Weigel over at Slate has a decent get when it comes to Trump's past positions on things like Obamacare, the same monstrosity the people he's courting reject like the poison it is. Basically, Trump wrote a book in 2000 and there are some very disturbing quotes from it.

Here's one such excerpt via Slate:
"We must have universal healthcare," wrote Trump. "I'm a conservative on most issues but a liberal on this one. We should not hear so many stories of families ruined by healthcare expenses."

The goal of health care reform, wrote Trump, should be a system that looks a lot like Canada. "Doctors might be paid less than they are now, as is the case in Canada, but they would be able to treat more patients because of the reduction in their paperwork," he writes.
Unless Trump can convince the Tea Party that he's had a 'Road to Damascus' experience on this issue, it should run away from him as quickly as possible. Trump hooked a huge contingent of the anti-Obama crowd when he began railing on the Birth Certificate issue. Though certainly not intentional on the part of the administration, this is yet another feather in the cap of those who say Obama loves the controversy because it leads people down a blind alley. Imagine if Trump somehow got the nomination - yes, it's' a long shot - and got into office only to demonstrate support for Obamacare. Surely, he will be called on it way before then. The problem is that the most extreme birthers might just allow their desire to see the elusive document 'trump' the Donald's support for universal health care.

Trump has also given some indication that he continues to hold this view by subtly attacking Paul Ryan's plan relative to Medicare. Trump said in an interview that Republicans are going out on a 'ledge' in this regard.

Also, let's not forget that in 2007, Trump expressed great support for HIllarycare, which - like herself and Obama - is a virtual carbon copy of Obamacare.

HERE is the previous post on that with video below. Fast Forward to 3:45 mark.

h/t to Hot Air

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