Lost in his attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, a frustrated Donald Trump suggested on Monday that Republicans should just let the law “implode” so that Democrats shoulder the blame because he didn’t know “health care could be so complicated.”
“Let it be a disaster, because we can blame that on the Dems that are in our room —and we can blame that on the Democrats and President Obama,” Trump said in remarks to the National Governors Association, Politico reported.
“But we have to do what’s right, because Obamacare is a failed disaster,” Trump said, clearly realizing the grim political reality of yanking away the law.
Trump also used some strained logic to explain why Obamacare’s popularity has continued to soar, with a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released last week finding that 43 percent of voters think the law was a good idea, while 41 percent said it was a bad idea.
Trump theorized that polls show the program’s approval rating climbing not because people like it, but because they know Republicans will soon repeal it. He did not offer more of an explanation for the claim.
“People hate it, but now they see that the end is coming, and they’re saying, ‘Oh, maybe we love it,’” Trump said. “There’s nothing to love. It’s a disaster, folks.”
Throughout his campaign, Trump publicly pledged to quickly kill and replace Obamacare, while never getting specific about what the alternative would look like.
After the election, however, he’s faced with a different reality and seems to have second thoughts about repealing the increasingly popular law, especially after many GOP lawmakers were forced to confront angry constituents at recent town halls who are worried about losing their health care.
He also complained about the complexity of the reform process.
“I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” Trump said. “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”
Republicans, who have blamed Obamacare for industry problems like increases in premiums and say the law represents government overreach, are now running into trouble agreeing what to put in its place if they kill it. Some 20 million people depend on the law for their insurance, and Republicans worry about the further backlash they may face if some of those people lose their coverage under a new plan.
Watch Trump’s remarks in the video below: