Former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage discussed a march on “Fox & Friends.” This prompted President Donald Trump took to Twitter to use that march in London to protest the health service budget cuts to emphasize his argument against adopting universal health care in the United States.
“The Democrats are pushing for Universal HealthCare while thousands of people are marching in the UK because their U system is going broke and not working,” Trump tweeted.
“Dems want to greatly raise taxes for really bad and non-personal medical care. No thanks!” he continued.
President Trump used the London protest as an example to say “no thanks” and deny any Democratic push for universal health care. On Monday, British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt responded by attacking President Trump’s use of the protest.
“I may disagree with claims made on that march but not ONE of them wants to live in a system where 28m people have no cover,” Jeremy Hunt tweeted publicly. He added that “NHS may have challenges but I’m proud to be from the country that invented universal coverage — where all get care no matter the size of their bank balance.”
I may disagree with claims made on that march but not ONE of them wants to live in a system where 28m people have no cover. NHS may have challenges but I’m proud to be from the country that invented universal coverage – where all get care no matter the size of their bank balance https://t.co/YJsKBAHsw7
— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) February 5, 2018
Healthcare has been a sensitive topic for the president since Republican efforts repeatedly failed to repeal and replace ObamaCare during Trump’s first year. The repeal of ObamaCare’s individual mandate that most people have health insurance or pay a fine, however, was included in the GOP tax overhaul that successfully passed late last year.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is renowned for his consistent push for a government-run, single-payer health-care system. Last year, the Vermont politician introduced “Medicare for All” legislation, which received support from some prominent Democrats like Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who are both considered potential 2020 presidential candidates.
The left-leaning politicians’ strong belief that health care should be a right for all and not a privilege for the wealthy few has been a legitimate obstacle for Trump over the past year. Top Democrats will continue to put pressure on the Trump administration to protect healthcare and other interests that are under threat.
Notably, Trump, then the president-elect, said in an interview early last year that his health-care plan would include “insurance for everybody.” His stance against universal healthcare seems to contradict his statement. The president’s pattern of failing to keep campaign promises is consistent. Polls have shown that support and approval rates are declining.
H/T: The Hill