Is Donald Trump for Single-Payer Healthcare or Market-based Healthcare?


It certainly was an entertaining Republican debate last night. Lots of great ideas were brought to the table including ones to improve this nation's healthcare. However, we are still uncertain what Trump decides to do on that subject matter.

On Aug. 2, 2015, GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry, the former Texas governor, said Trump is "for single-payer" -- essentially a present-tense version of the columnist’s claim.

Our colleagues found that earlier in 2015, Trump voiced admiration for Scotland’s health care system, which is single payer. But in another interview -- while stopping short of rejecting single payer -- he talked about offering private plans made through "deals with hospitals" that allow the government to help people "at the lower levels."

A spokesperson for Trump insisted at the time that Trump has "never supported socialized medicine," but is for "a universal ‘market-based’ plan that would offer a range of choices."

So as the 2016 campaign unfolded, Trump has said he admires single payer, but also suggested he prefers free-market models, as well.

Two days after the more recent fact check, Trump was asked on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" talk show: "Are you for single-payer health care?"

Trump replied:

"No, but it’s certainly something that in certain countries works. It actually works incredibly well in Scotland. Some people think it really works in Canada. But not here, I don’t think it would work as well here. What has to happen -- I like the concept of private enterprise coming in ….You have to create competition. And you have to go back to a system of private."

Most recently, on Monday, Trump boarded the USS Iowa where said a few words on healthcare:

“We’re going to have privatization,” Trump continued. “It’s going to end up being absolutely great.”

All stances aside, Trump is now leaning more towards a private healthcare system instead of his previous free-market idea. If Trump decides to go with privatization, the American healthcare system will do a complete 180 once Obamacare is repealed.

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