Trump: ‘We’re going to get rid of the insurance companies.’ (updated)

Video source is via Powerline. Partial transcript below begins at 42:46. I’ve excerpted the audio from the verbatim section below, here.

Your, your deductibles are through the roof. You practically have to be dead in order to collect a deductible. Right, right? Stand up, stand up. Are you right? Stand up, ma’am. Right? OK, everybody wants to stand up, ’cause they’re all saying yes. The, the rates have gone up, the deductibles have gone up–I don’t mean two percent, I mean gone up–rates have gone up 35, 45, sometimes over 50 percent. And on top of it, it’s no good. And what we’re gonna do is we’re going to come in with a fantastic system of private. We’re gonna get rid of the insurance companies. By the way, the insurance companies have done really well. They have made such a fortune. And guess what? They contributed big league to Obama, OK? Gimme a break.



A Twitter commenter said, “that’s a bs partial quote. he went on to say allow Ins cos to sell policies over state lines.”

I asked, “If he said he was going to nuke Iran, and later said he was going to contain them, would the nuke quote be newsworthy?”

The commenter responded, “in this case, I think he just didn’t finish his sentence. but who knows with him.”

OK then, Trump went on to say:

We’re gonna get rid of the artificial lines. ‘K. This is a case where we’re going to open up the borders, OK? We’re gonna take those lines–yunno, If I, if I have, if I go out to bid, I have a lot of employees in a lot of different states. But if I go out to bid on something, in a state, let’s say I’m in New York, and I want, let’s say South Carolina, a company to bid, it’s almost impossible, it’s almost impossible. Because they all have their little monopolies. And in South Carolina they have their monopoly, and everybody– Now here’s the nice part: All of these companies have given a lot of money to every candidate. And if that candidate wins, they’re going to keep their lines, they’re going to keep their monopolies, and the rates are gonna, yunno, it’s gonna be no good. ‘Cause Obamacare is going down, with or without Justice Roberts. Obamacare is going down. You understand what I mean by that. (applause) And I will tell you this: Justice Roberts really let us down. He really let us down. What he did with Obamacare was disgraceful. And I think he did that because he wanted to be popular within, inside the Beltway or something. Because he did it the first time, he should have never done it. And that would have killed it. It would have been so badly wounded the second time that it would have died even faster than it’s already dying. But Justice Roberts should never–there was no legal reason–he’s a great legal scholar–he knows it better than any of us. There was no legal reason why he should have not ended Obamacare the first time, or the second time, but in particular the first time. But the second time was even clearer. So when we talk about Supreme Court, when we talk about Supreme Court judges–he is so disappointing to me. But. But. With that being said, I hope I don’t have a case before the United States Supreme Court any time soon, but that’s the way I feel, I don’t care. We have to get rid of the lines, so that we have many companies bidding, we have many companies. You’ll end up with plans–there are things in Obamacare you just don’t need. You don’t want it, you don’t need it. It’s so crazy, things you don’t want that in theory it’s all being paid for. You will end up with so many options, so many plans–and the insurance companies are going to have to be sharper, and smarter, and they’re not going to have the monopoly like they have. But you get rid of those lines, and you watch what happens. Your numbers will come down, your plans will be fantastic. And it’ll be a beautiful thing.


A few points:

First, those “artificial lines” that Trump talks about are state lines, not artificial ones. Every GOP candidate that I know of advocates the ability of healthcare insurers to sell across state lines, but there is nothing artificial about a state’s Constitutional right to order its own affairs when doing so does not conflict with the Enumerated Powers of the Federal government, or with the rights of that state’s citizens.

Secondly, Trump is outright smoking crack when he calls intrastate healthcare insurers a monopoly. I’m not even going to bother to source a refutation of that asinine assertion. Trump is full of shit. (None of which is to downplay the industry consolidation that ensued as small ensurers and small brokers were driven out of business, or lines of business, because they didn’t have the clout to have a seat at the table when groundwork was being laid for Obamacare.)

Third, if Trump’s intention is not to “get rid of the insurance companies,” whom he clearly has nothing but contempt for, then why did he say what he said? Am I supposed to discount that part of his speech because he contradicts it later? Why does one part of the speech have more veracity than the other, when the supposedly exculpatory part of the speech is completely full of shit?

Fourth, the man can barely form coherent sentences. If you needed an Advil after reading the second part of the speech, you were not alone.

If you want to argue that he misspoke, go ahead. He said it. So add it to the endless list of asinine crap that issues from his piehole that he later equivocates on. It’s a very confidence-building argument–go with that.


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