One distinctive feature of Trump is that while he lies all the time he also is willing to tell the truth when other Republicans are trained to lie (“there has to be some form of punishment.”) The latest example of the latter is his candor that Republicans still hate the ACA and will probably repeal it if they get a trifecta in 2025:
Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Republican presidential primary front-runner Donald Trump revived calls to roll back Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, if he returns to the White House.
“The cost of Obamacare is out of control, plus, it’s not good Healthcare. I’m seriously looking at alternatives,” Trump wrote on his social media platform Truth Social on Saturday.
Trump’s post resurrects an issue on which he and his party are vulnerable. A Sept. 15-19 NBC News poll found that when it comes to health care, voters trust Democrats over Republicans by a margin of 45%-22%. The same survey found that Democrats trail the GOP on many other issues, including the economy, immigration and crime.
After trying and failing to repeal the ACA, and suffering for it at the ballot box, Republican candidates abandoned their calls for eliminating the law in the 2022 midterm elections, recognizing the push as a political loser. But Trump could bring it back in 2024.
“We had a couple of Republican Senators who campaigned for 6 years against it, and then raised their hands not to terminate it,” Trump wrote in his post over the weekend. “It was a low point for the Republican Party, but we should never give up!”
He doesn’t need to “seriously look” for the Republican Alternative to the ACA, it has been fully developed already:
If you think Republicans would never do this because it would be too unpopular, I would google “Roe,” “against,” and “Wade.”