President Donald Trump has added insult to injury for the largely Democratic opponents to the GOP’s tax overhaul by claiming that the bill has not only given the Republicans a key economic victory, but has also brought about a so-called repeal of Obamacare in a roundabout way.
Trump made the incendiary charge during a Cabinet meeting at the White House, where he claimed that the cornerstone law of former President Barack Obama’s domestic agenda would be swiftly undone by the new legislation.
“The individual mandate is being repealed. When the individual mandate is being repealed that means Obamacare is being repealed because they get their money from the individual mandate. So the individual mandate is being repealed,” he explained.
“So in this bill not only do we have massive tax cuts and tax reform, we have essentially repealed Obamacare. And we’ll come up with something that will be much better. Whether it’s block grants or whether it’s taking what we have and doing something terrific. But Obamacare has been repealed in this bill.”
The Affordable Care Act – better known as Obamacare – compels Americans to purchase health insurance by imposing a fine on those who don’t. Even with the tax overhaul getting rid of the individual mandate, though, certain provisions of the healthcare law will still apply, including the option to purchase healthcare through individual marketplaces and the expansion of Medicaid.
Trump also revealed that he advised people close to the matter to stay quiet about the GOP tax bill’s impact on Obamacare.
“We didn’t want to bring it up,” he said. “I tell people specifically, be quiet with media because I don’t want them talking too much about it, because I didn’t know how people — but now that it’s approved, I can say the individual mandate on health care where you had to pay not to have insurance — okay, think of that one. You pay not to have insurance. The individual mandate has been repealed.”