House Republicans passed Trumpcare 3.0 on Thursday, a move that was comically celebrated by Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and most of the party’s leadership as some sort of a “win.” I say they “comically celebrated” because this was nothing more than a symbolic vote on a bill that stands absolutely zero chance of making it to Trump’s desk.
In fact, the Senate has already announced that they’re not even going to vote on the House’s bill because it’s such a disaster. Instead, several lawmakers have already been working on a Senate version that may incorporate some aspects of what the House passed Thursday.
So while Trump and House Republicans play up Thursday’s vote as some sort of accomplishment, all they really did was “kick the can down the road” because they knew this bill stood absolutely no chance of making it out of the Senate.
Sadly, the Republican celebration after the pointless passing of Trumpcare 3.0 wasn’t even the most ridiculous thing that happened on Thursday — not even close.
During his “victory lap,” of sorts, Trump appeared at an event with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbell where he praised Australia’s health care system as better than our own.
“I shouldn’t say this to the great gentleman, my friend from Australia, because they have better health care than we do,” Trump said. “We are going to have great health care, very soon.”
Fun Fact: Australia has publicly-funded universal health care.
It didn’t take long before Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) learned of Trump’s remarks, quickly mocking the ironic stupidity of what he said on a day where he had been celebrating a for-profit health care bill that would strip away insurance from millions.
“The President has just said it!” Sanders said. “That’s great! Let’s take a look at the Australian health care system. And let’s move. Maybe he wants to look at the Canadian health system. Or systems throughout Europe. Thank you, Mr. President!”
Add this to the always-growing list of mind-boggling things we’ve seen from Trump or his administration I consider too ridiculous to make up. It reminds me of 2012 when Mitt Romney praised Israel’s health care system that, like Australia’s, is also a universal system that requires everyone have coverage.
This would have been embarrassing for Trump on any normal day — let alone one where he spent much of it celebrating the House passing a health care bill that’s almost the complete opposite of the universal health care system Australia has, one which he praised as better than ours.
But this is the level of ignorance with which we’re currently dealing. On a day where the GOP was boasting about passing a bill that, if signed in its current form, would take health insurance away from millions, they had their leader publicly admit that a nation with universal health care has “better health care than we do.”
I’m not sure what’s worse: The fact that Donald Trump probably doesn’t even know what Trumpcare 3.0 is — or — he’s too stupid to know Australia has universal health care and the bill he supports is almost the complete opposite of the system he literally said was better than ours.
Watch his comments below via CNN:
And Sanders’ response below via MSNBC: