It’s something we take for granted now, but it’s really a serious problem:
Dickerson is the first journalist I have seen grill Trump on what, exactly, is in the Republican plan. He isn’t asking about the politics of the bill and whether it will pass. Rather, he focuses on what are arguably basic questions: what elements are in this bill, and what do you think of them?
Trump stumbles. He says that people with pre-existing conditions will be protected. Under the latest amendment to the American Health Care Act — the one that got the Freedom Caucus on board — they won’t be. He says that deductibles will go down under the Republican plan. Non-partisan analysis expects deductibles would go up.
The health care plan that Trump described on Face the Nation is not the one that the Republican party has offered. His answers suggest an unfamiliarity with basic policy details of a plan that has been public for nearly six weeks at this point — a plan that his administration has pushed Congress to pass.
Doing what Dickerson did — just ask Trump about basic details of his proposals that will reveal that he has no idea what he was talking about — is one of the more useful ways journalists can deal with Trump. Letting his lies about Republican health care policy stand is the least useful, which makes it unfortunate that this was pretty much what happened during the campaign.