May 19, 2017

TITLE: The president is right. We should do what he says!

I couldn't agree with President Trump more. Particularly when it comes to beliefs he has clearly held for a very long time.

Like healthcare.

Way back in 1999 Trump told Larry King, “If you can’t take care of your sick in the country, forget it, it’s all over... I believe in universal healthcare.”

That same year he said on NBC's “Dateline," “[I'm] liberal on healthcare, we have to take care of people... I love universal.”

And proving that he's not the kind of person who blurts out wild things without thinking, just months later he told "The Advocate," “I would put forth a comprehensive health care program and fund it with an increase in corporate taxes.”

In his 2000 book, "The America We Deserve," Trump wrote, "We must have universal health care. Just imagine the improved quality of life for our society as a whole. The Canadian-style, single-payer system in which all payments for medical care are made to a single agency (as opposed to the large number of HMOs and insurance companies with their diverse rules, claim forms and deductibles) … helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans."

In a 2015 David Letterman Show appearance, Trump praised Scotland's socialized system: "A friend of mine was in Scotland recently. He got very, very sick. They took him by ambulance and he was there for four days. He was really in trouble, and they released him and he said, ‘Where do I pay?’ And they said, ‘There’s no charge.' Not only that, he said it was like great doctors, great care. I mean, we could have a great system in this country.”

Also that year Trump said on "Morning Joe," "It’s certainly something that in certain countries works. It actually works incredibly well in Scotland. Some people think it really works in Canada."

And, in a 2015 "60 Minutes" interview, Trump said, "Everybody’s got to be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say; I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now." When asked who was going to pay for it, he immediately replied, "The government’s gonna pay for it."

You've certainly got to admire his consistency.

Just a couple weeks ago, as he was meeting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, he leaned over and intoned, "We have a failing health care -- I shouldn't say this to our great gentleman and my friend from Australia because you have better health care than we do."

Right again, and we should listen. Australia's has what is essentially a single-payer system, one that guarantees a 'Medicare-for-all' type healthcare. They even gave it the obviously Australian-sounding name of... Medicare.

Trump must be listening to good bud and syndicated conservative columnist and Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer who recently opined, "I would predict that in less than seven years, we will be in a single-payer system."

That guy's right, too.

Both of these sages understand that America is the only developed nation that continues to meter healthcare to its citizens. They also understand that the biggest takeaway from the Obamacare experiment will likely be that for the first time in their lives a vast number of Americans knew what it meant to have guaranteed coverage, no lifetime caps, job-to-job portability, and basic tests and services. No one's stuffing THAT genie back in to that little tiny bottle.

We should listen to what the president says, particularly when he's said it so many times. After all, didn't we only have to hear Obama make his infamous comment "they cling to guns or religion or... anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations" once before we knew EXACTLY what was going on in that wacked-out radical's mind?

Yes, that great proponent of single payer, Donald Trump, was right. Over and over again. So, let's stop playing games and get to it.

Thanks for reading. See you next time

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Multiple award-winner author Charles Carr has written well over a thousand columns and articles for The Union-Tribune, The Orange County Register, The Reader, The Californian, Parent Magazine, and many others. He's also a playwright with many of his shows appearing at prominent So Cal venues and a co-founder of Art Animates Life Films. More info and contact at charlescarr.com.