Things Donald Trump does not Know: Medicare Gets Touched by Repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

During the campaign, Donald Trump promised not to touch Medicare and Social Security. Since the election he and his surrogates have reiterated this position.

During the campaign, Donald Trump promised not to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Since the election he and his surrogates have reiterated this position.

Holding to both of these promise is not possible. The Affordable Care Act strengthened Medicare in a number of ways. Repealing the Affordable Care Act will touch Medicare.

Yet, in interview after interview, Donald Trump or one of his surrogates is allowed to restate both of these promises as if it is possible to keep them both. The American people desperately need for someone in the media to ask Donald Trump some “How” questions.

  • How are you going to repeal the Affordable Care Act and not touch Medicare when the Affordable Care Act extends the solvency of the Medicare Part A Hospital Trust Fund by 14 years, from 2016 to 2030?
  • How are you going to repeal the Affordable Care Act and not touch Medicare when the Affordable Care Act caused Part B premiums and deductibles to stabilize or decrease from 2012 to 2015?
  • How are you going to repeal the Affordable Care Act and not touch Medicare when the Affordable Care Act provides Medicare participants with an annual wellness visit to the Doctor at no cost?
  • How are you going to repeal the Affordable Care Act and not touch Medicare when the Affordable Care Act provides Medicare participants with annual preventative screenings at no cost?
  • How are you going to repeal the Affordable Care Act and not touch Medicare when the Affordable Care Act has the Medicare Part D “Donut Hole” on pace to be closed by 2020?

Someone needs to tell Donald Trump that repealing the Affordable Care Act will touch Medicare. If, for some reason he will not listen or will not comprehend that reality, someone needs to let the American people know that it is impossible for him to keep both of his promises.

(The above questions were based on a post from the National Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare).

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