President Donald Trump asked his aides why the Medicare program couldn’t be dramatically expanded, according to Michael Wolff’s new book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
Trump, Wolff writes, impatiently wondered aloud during a discussion about health care why the federally administered program could not be expanded to cover “everybody.”
‘Why can’t Medicare simply cover everybody?’
Trump’s promotion of the idea reportedly shocked aides, including Steve Bannon, with whom the president has now broken over statements in the book, which Trump has called “phony.”
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Aides “were careful not to react to this heresy,” Wolff writes.
Trump slammed Sen. Bernie Sanders’s “Medicare for All” bill, which the independent from Vermont, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination, introduced in September.
Trump is portrayed in the book as being “rather more for Obamacare than for repealing Obamacare.” But, Wolff writes, Bannon insisted on trying to repeal the law.
Despite holding a majority in both the House and Senate, and controlling the White House, Republicans have failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They have weakened it, however: The recently enacted tax law repeals the mandate for individuals to have health insurance.
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