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Trump: 'Nobody Knew' Health Care Is Complicated

| by Ray Brown

President Donald Trump admitted to Republican governors that repealing the Affordable Care Act won't be easy.

"It’s an unbelievably complex subject," Trump said at a meeting of the country's GOP governors in Washington, D.C., according to Newsday. "Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated."

Trump even suggested that Republicans simply leave alone the ACA, commonly referred to as Obamacare, and let it self-destruct so the landmark health care law will have to be replaced.

"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, according to Politico. "But we have to do what's right, because Obamacare is a failed disaster."

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Polls indicate Obamacare has slightly risen in popularity over the past two years. Politico reported that a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 43 percent of Americans consider the health care law to be a "good idea," while 41 percent said it was a "bad idea."

But Trump told the GOP governors that more people like it than don't like it because they know it'll be replaced soon. He did not provide any evidence to back up this assertion.

"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."

Trump also met with health insurance CEOs and talked about how his replacement plan for the ACA, of which details haven't been released or discussed with the public, will be better for patients and health insurance companies.

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Around 20 million people rely on the ACA for their health insurance, and Republicans fear the backlash if the law is repealed and those voters lose their health insurance coverage.

"Costs will come down, and I think the health care will go up very, very substantially," Trump said. "I think people are gonna like it a lot. We've taken the best of everything we can take."

Sources: Politico, Newsday / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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