Donald Trump Just Praised Australia's Universal Healthcare System

Standby for Bernie's reaction.


No one has ever accused President Trump of being an ideologue. In fact, very few have accused him of having any fixed views at all. So it was funny, but not altogether shocking, to watch Trump finish up a day where he celebrated the passage of a major healthcare reform bill by praising a healthcare system that is almost exactly the opposite of the one proposed in his bill. Yes, Trump loved that the American Health Care Act squeaked through the House along party lines—it's a win, after all—but it turns out he also loves Australia. Specifically, he loves Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (who, in their first correspondence, he yelled at over the phone about refugees) and his country's healthcare system:

Obviously Bernie Sanders got a kick out of this, because he's been fighting for a universal healthcare system—single payer, Medicare for All—for decades. Yes, it's another example of the fact that Trump's word is worth about as much as a degree from his university. But it's also an indication that if they can convince him it's a win for him, maybe Democrats could find a way to lead Trump to the promised land. Trump once backed a "Canadian-style" single payer system, after all, and Democrats already negotiated the Artful Dealer out of house and home in the recent budget deal.

Medicare for All, here we come!

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